Insights@Meridian with U/S of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya


June 24, 2022

The Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement is pleased to announce our next Insights@Meridian program featuring Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya at Meridian. She will engage in a dynamic conversation on the first Summit for Democracy and international progress that has been made in its three main themes: defending against authoritarianism, addressing and fighting corruption, and advancing respect for human rights. She will also discuss what tools partners and allies can utilize to hold human rights abusers accountable; increase democratic standards locally, regionally and globally; and the role of the private sector.

This is an off-the-record, closed press event and by invitation only. For questions, please contact Ryan Scherba.

U/S of State Uzra Zeya

Uzra Zeya was sworn as Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights by Secretary Blinken July 14, 2021.  On December 20, 2021, Secretary Blinken announced her designation to serve concurrently as the U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. From 2019 to 2021, she served as president and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a non-partisan global network of more than 130 organizations working in more than 180 countries to end conflict by peaceful means.

During her distinguished 27-year Foreign Service career, U/S Zeya served as deputy chief of mission and charge d’affaires in Paris; principal deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; chief of staff to the Deputy Secretary of State; political minister-counselor in New Delhi; and deputy executive secretary to Secretaries of State Rice and Clinton.  She also served in Syria, Egypt, Oman, Jamaica, and in various policy roles at the Department of State.

U/S Zeya speaks Arabic, French and Spanish.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and is the recipient of several State Department Superior Honor and Senior Performance awards, the Presidential Rank Award, and the French Legion d’Honneur.