An Interview with Robert Bruce Adolph

february, 2023

22feb1:00 pm1:50 pmAn Interview with Robert Bruce Adolph


(Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm


USF Student Center

200 6th Ave S

Event Details

William Jordan will be interviewing Robert Bruce Adolph about his book “Surviving the United Nations: The Unexpected Challenge” and his experiences as a UN Chief Security Officer in some of the most dangerous countries in the world.

“Surviving the United Nations: The Unexpected Challenge” by Robert B. Adolph

A UN security advisor recounts his dangerous—and often contentious—time with the organization in this candid combat memoir.
Robert B. Adolph was a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces before becoming a security advisor for the United Nations. Adolph was sent to some of the most dangerous places on earth in pursuit of humanitarian efforts. But sometimes his worst opponent was the institution that had sent him. He holds the distinction of having been twice promoted—and twice fired—by the U.N.


**This book will be available for purchase at the conference**


Speakers for this event

  • Robert Bruce Adolph

    Robert Bruce Adolph

    Robert Bruce Adolph is a successful international speaker, author, and commentator, who is a retired senior US Army Special Forces officer and United Nations security chief. He holds graduate degrees in both international affairs & national security studies and is a qualified Military Strategist. In and out of uniform, Robert lived and worked in 16 different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He possesses the ultimately tragic trifecta of having supported counterterrorism activities in the military, conducted antiterrorism mitigation measures in the United Nations, and became an actual victim and survivor of terrorism in a jihadist suicide bombing attack in Baghdad, Iraq that killed twenty-two and wounded another more than one-hundred and fifty. He also has the unusual distinction of being twice fired and twice promoted during his nearly 15 years of UN civil service. Robert is a former Chief of the Middle East and North Africa at UN Headquarters in New York City. Per the publisher, his book entitled, “Surviving the United Nations,” is their number one best-seller. He has been a frequent guest columnist for the Tampa Bay Times, Holland’s Atlantic Perspectives Magazine, the US Military Times and many more. In 2022, he served as the mission leader of a multi-national team in support of war crimes investigators for the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Ukraine. Discover more at

  • William Jordan

    William Jordan

    Retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Independent Analyst William Jordan served for 30 years (1981-2011) as a political officer in the U.S. Foreign Service specializing in the Arab world and France.  His overseas assignments included Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Tunis, Tunisia; Damascus, Syria; Amman, Jordan; Paris, France; and Algiers, Algeria, where he served in his final posting as Deputy Chief of Mission. Mr. Jordan’s responsibilities in the Arab world included reporting and analyzing foreign policy trends, especially as they related to the United States, as well as internal politics, human rights conditions, and the rise of radical Islam as a political force.  From 1997-2001, Mr. Jordan was the reporting officer in Paris for labor issues and internal politics.  He returned to Paris in 2007-2009 to work on the Near East and North Africa as well as Russia (including during and after the 2008 Georgia crisis).  From 2002-2007, Mr. Jordan focused his attention on North Africa, notably as Director of the Office of Maghreb Affairs. Since retiring from the Foreign Service, Mr. Jordan has lived in Paris, where, in addition to his work as an independent analyst and consultant, he occasionally comments on the Arab world, northwest Africa, France, and U.S. national security policy for France24, RFI, and the BBC.  He is a board member of and has participated in the annual Saint Petersburg, FL, Conference on World Affairs in addition to lecturing frequently to numerous audiences, including the French Ecole militaire and at the Paris campus of New York University. From May 2020-December 2021, Mr. Jordan served as president of the Association of Americans Resident Overseas (AARO).  

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