Virginia S. Ramadan
Strategic Research Strategy & Policy
Professor Virginia Sher Ramadan is the U.S. Department of State Faculty Advisor to the U.S. Naval War College. A Foreign Service Officer for seventeen years, she has served as the Director for Iraq Programs in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), planning the State Department Police Development and Rule of Law Programs to follow the withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Iraq, and Director of the Office of International Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, where she developed and managed the first large-scale U.S. law enforcement program for the Lebanese Internal Security Forces. Ms. Ramadan was the first U.S. Public Affairs Officer in Tripoli after bilateral diplomatic relations were established with Libya, and helped reopen the Public Affairs Section at the United States Embassy in Tripoli in the Spring of 2012 following the revolution that led to Gaddafi’s fall. She led one of the world’s largest consular operations as Chief of the Mexico City Visa Section, and was the Consul General in Nassau, The Bahamas, responsible for all consular matters in the islands of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. Ms. Ramadan served in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Tunis, Tunisia in her initial tours with the Foreign Service. She left the Service in 1981 to pursue a career in law and teaching, and rejoined the Service in 1999. Her first assignment after rejoining the Foreign Service was as the countrywide Fraud Prevention Manager for Brazil, based out of Rio de Janeiro, where she led a large team dedicated to combating illegal entry into the United States and training of regional law enforcement officials throughout Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. During the years outside the Foreign Service, Ms. Ramadan was a law professor for 14 years at New York Law School, teaching Immigration Law, International Business Transactions, Wills, Trusts and Future Interests and Property Law. She also worked as an attorney with the international law firm of Coudert Brothers in New York, and as an immigration attorney with Catholic Charities in Virginia, concentrating on asylum and refugee law. Ms. Ramadan obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School and her LLM in International Law from Columbia Law School in New York. Ms. Ramadan speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic.
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