March 7th, Afghanistan; Dr Heidi Meyer.

“After 18 years of America’s longest war, US officials are now sitting down  at the table  with the Taliban to negotiate an agreement whereby the Taliban will agree to take a share in ensuring Afghanistan is not a safe haven for terrorists in exchange for full US troop withdrawal.”

What historical events led to this agreement?  What is at stake and why could this not have been done 18 years ago at the Bonn Conference in 2001 when nations strategized the future of Afghanistan without the Taliban at the table.  Dr Heidi Meyer, current Master of the Lord Leycester and former US diplomat in Kabul will present.

This exceptional talk will be held at Dormer Place at 19.30. Entrance £2.00 at the door

Biography for Heidi L Meyer, Master Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick

Heidi Meyer has held position as the 33rdMaster of the Lord Leycester Hospital since November 2016 and is the first female master to be appointed in 450 years.

From 2013 to 2016, she worked for NATO as the Senior Political Advisor to the Commander of the Land Forces of NATO located in Izmir, Turkey.  

From 2012 to 2013 she worked for the US Department of State as a lecturer on the Faculty for the Conflict Prevention and Mitigation program at the US Department of State Foreign Service Institute, Arlington Virginia, USA.  From 2009 to 2011, also working for the US State Department, she spent three years at US Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, as Head of Stabilization.  This position required extensive travel in Afghanistan working closely with military and local Afghan civilians and international organizations such as the UN and EU.

            From 2008 to 2009 she worked in the US Secretary of Defense Office as Country Director of the Afghan Policy desk, the Pentagon, Washington DC.  For the last three months of that assignment she was selected to be the Secretary of Defense’s representative on the US Afghan Election Monitoring Team for the 2009 Afghan Presidential elections located in Kabul.  

            From 2006 to 2007 she worked for the Office of the US Secretary of Defense in Kabul, Afghanistan as a Strategic Advisor in the defense capacity building programs at the Karzai Palace, Afghan National Security Council.

            From 2003 to 2006 she worked for DoD as the Deputy G3 USA NATO, SHAPE, Mons.  

            As a NATO International Civilian, she was assigned at the NATO HQ in Naples Italy from 2000 to 2001 as the civilian military desk officer during the Kosovo crisis working with UN and non-profit organizations.

Heidi Meyer has also worked as a social studies schoolteacher for three years in Naples; set up and run a non-profit NGO delivering aid to forty countries from 1994-2000; held a Commission in Her Majesty’s Army retiring as a Captain after five years service; and was a ski instructor.  In 1994 she earned a Master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Warwick in July 2018. She was born in Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom.