John Rakolta: The Abraham Accords and the United Arab Emirates


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Former Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, John Rakolta, joined American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe to discuss his time at post and the efforts behind the Abraham Accords.

Ambassador John Rakolta served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2019 - 2021. He is also the Chairman of Walbridge, a privately held construction company founded in Detroit. He was awarded the United States National Security Medal for his efforts to pass the Abraham Accords between the UAE and Israel.


Ambassador Jim Rosapepe served as the U.S. Ambassador to Romania from 1998 to 2001 and is a member of the CAA Board of Directors. He currently is Chairman and CEO of Patuxent Capital Group LLC and serves in the Maryland State Senate.