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Ambassador Buchan farewell letter

POSTED January 15, 2021

“It has been an honor to serve in this position for more than three years, during which time we have accomplished so much together.”

Ambassador Buchan’s July 4th Interview with ABC

POSTED July 4, 2020

“In 2019 the United States and Spain added an important milestone in our economic relationship by updating the bilateral tax agreement to end double taxation for companies that operate in both countries.”

Mrs. Buchan and Ambassador Buchan address the importance of gender equality at Embassy event

POSTED December 11, 2019

“We want women to reach their economic potential as entrepreneurs in Spain. They are the ones who create jobs and improve economies.”

Ambassador Buchan op-ed in El Mundo: “The Time of the Tyrants in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua Must End”

POSTED December 10, 2019

“We ask Spain to take a leading role in the EU to improve these rights for Cubans, Venezuelans, and Nicaraguans. We ask Spain to prevent bolichicos from Venezuela and corrupt Nicaraguans and Cubans from escaping with their plunder to Europe. The international community can and must stand as one against human rights abuses and end impunity for such tyrants.”

Ambassador Buchan op-ed in La Vanguardia: “Spain and the 5G Cyber Threat”

POSTED December 2, 2019

“Cheap things turn out to be expensive, in 5G and in everything: the data flowing through those devices would come into the hands of the Chinese State.”

Ambassador Buchan op-ed in ABC: “The End of Double Taxation”

POSTED September 20, 2019

“The money American and Spanish companies will save in taxes can be used to create more jobs, more investment, and more growth in our two nations.”

Ambassador Buchan meets in Brussels with fellow U.S. diplomats to discuss U.S. global priorities

POSTED September 3, 2019

“It was a pleasure meeting in Brussels with US Ambassadors Huntsman, Hutchison and Gidwitz to discuss global priorities like Russia, China, and our strong alliance in NATO.”

Ambassador Buchan hosts robotics event highlighting girl empowerment and social inclusion

POSTED August 17, 2019

“The empowerment of girls creates many opportunities. Education and inclusion is fundamental. Robotics is the future and now these girls have unlimited options.”

Ambassador Buchan with NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison in Stuttgart, Germany

POSTED May 23, 2019

“I had the pleasure of participating in a summit with other senior diplomats in Stuttgart, Germany at United States European Command to discuss our relationship with NATO and Europe and other global themes like Venezuela, Russia and China.”

NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison meets with Ambassador Duke Buchan to discuss strengthening NATO

POSTED May 22, 2019

“So pleased to join U.S. Ambassador to Spain Duke Buchan III and U.S. Ambassador to Portugal George Glass. Spain and Portugal are key allies who strengthen NATO through their contributions, particularly in the Mediterranean region.”

Ambassador Buchan op-ed in El Mundo: “Now is the Time for Transition in Venezuela”

POSTED January 31, 2019

“Together, the United States, Spain, and the rest of the international community of democracies will work closely with the legitimately elected leaders of the National Assembly to help Venezuela recover its democracy.”

Ambassador Buchan op-ed: A Toast to the U.S.-Spain Military Alliance

POSTED December 1, 2018

“Thirty years ago today, in 1988, Spain and the United States signed our Agreement on Defense Cooperation. This agreement governs the presence of U.S. forces on Spanish bases, consolidating the naval base in Rota and the air base in Moron de la Frontera as critical support nodes for Spanish, NATO and United States forces.”

Ambassador Buchan makes first visit to Morón Military Air Base to meet with Spanish military command

POSTED April 21, 2018

Discussions focus on Spain-US collaboration in security and defense.

Ambassador Buchan meets with military leaders at Rota Naval Base

POSTED April 21, 2018

Buchan visits the USS Carney destroyer and participates in a demonstration by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines.

Ambassador Buchan meets with José Javier Ruiz Arana, Mayor of Rota, Spain

POSTED April 19, 2018

The leaders discuss U.S. collaboration with the municipal authorities of the city of Rota to further support U.S. Military personnel stationed at the Naval Base.

Ambassador Buchan meets with Puerto de Santa María Mayor David de la Encina Ortega

POSTED April 19, 2018

Meeting focuses on strengthening ties with Puerto de Santa María and showing appreciation for the support of the U.S. personnel stationed at the Rota Naval Base.

Ambassador Buchan visits the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier near Mallorca

POSTED April 15, 2018

Leaders discuss how Spain and the U.S. can strengthen their collaboration in defense and the protection of the country’s shared values.

Ambassador Buchan promotes U.S.-Andorran bilateral economic and educational relationship

POSTED April 3, 2018

Ambassador Buchan and the Andorran Minister of Economy, Gilbert Saboya Sunyé, meet to discuss how to encourage Andorran investment in the U.S. and strengthen economic ties between the two countries.

U.S. Senate unanimously approves Duke Buchan’s nomination to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Spain

POSTED November 2, 2017

“Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.”

Statement of Richard Duke Buchan III, nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

POSTED September 27, 2017

“As a family we have a deep appreciation, respect and love for the Spanish people and culture. It is only surpassed by our love for the United States.”

The Henderson Dispatch, Buchan’s hometown newspaper, writes editorial supporting his Ambassadorship nomination: “From the fields of Vance County to Ambassador in Spain”

POSTED August 11, 2017

“Buchan brings formidable talents to the post and will represent the United States — and, of course, Vance County — well in this position.”

Henderson native nominated for Ambassadorship

POSTED August 7, 2017

“If he asked a question, he genuinely wanted to know the answer to understand, and he listened. […] His work ethic is exceeded by his intelligence. He still stays in touch with a lot of (local) people. He is not above Henderson and has not forgotten his roots.”

Buchan Fund supports a video exchange program between American and Spanish schoolchildren: “21st Century Pen Pals” Project

POSTED January 25, 2017

The Buchan Fund is one of the largest single endowments dedicated to support the study of Spanish languages, literature and culture.

Duke Buchan and the Buchan House: UNC-CH dedicates a new foundation building

POSTED December 17, 2016

A North Carolinian whose passions include Carolina basketball, Spanish literature and culture, and his farm where he grows 60 varieties of organic heirloom tomatoes.

Duke Buchan and UNC College of Arts & Sciences Foundation Annual Fund

POSTED April 7, 2015

“And this is who we are: the oldest and largest school within a top public research university educating men and women who will be leaders across the globe.”

Duke says, “give to Carolina!”

POSTED April 7, 2015

“The study of the Spanish language, literature and culture provided me a passport to a world outside of the United States and instilled in me a global perspective.”

Duke Buchan, Carolina y el Español: small town dream, big global impact

POSTED February 3, 2013

Carolina students taking Spanish can thank Duke Buchan III ’85, and his early obsession with the World Book Encyclopedia for innovative learning experiences that make the language more relevant than ever.

Harvard Business School: the Buchan family “is honored to give back to an institution that has given us so much.”

POSTED January 3, 2013

Growing up in rural North Carolina between two towns with fewer than 3oo people combined, Duke Buchan dreamed big.

Duke Buchan’s investment philosophy interview

POSTED May 31, 2007

“My passion for investing and taking calculated risk started as a young boy playing cards with our family on Saturday nights. My parents reinforced family, integrity and hard work daily.”