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About the Event

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November 15, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Snell Engineering Center, Room 108
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Register today to hear from three former ambassadors—one American, one German, and one Kyrgyz—about diplomacy in the Trump era. This ambassador panel will also feature prominent international relations expert Charles W. Greenleaf as keynote speaker, as well as a reception following the panel with an opportunity for attendees to speak with the panelists individually.

Meet the panelists!

Keynote speaker: Charles Greenleaf was an Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East at the Agency for International Development during the Reagan-Bush Administration. He had management responsibilities for assistance programs from North Africa to East Asia. He subsequently worked on policy development as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President George H.W. Bush.

Former German Ambassador: Friedrich Lohr was an Ambassador to North Korea from 2005-2007 and Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing, China form 2002-2005. He has held a number of distinguished German Foreign Office posts, including Minister-Counselor of the Department of Arms Control and Disarmament; Adviser to the Policy Planning Group of the CDU/CSU party at the Bundestag; and Deputy Director of European Political Affairs in the Chancellor’s office.

Former Kyrgyz Ambassador: Baktybek Beshimov was a member of Parliament in his native Kyrgyzstan from 1998-2000, and again from 2007-2010, where he led the Social Democrats, the only opposition party. From 2000-2005 he served as Kyrgyz Ambassador to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. He also has considerable experience in academia.

Former U.S. Ambassador: William Rugh, in a 31-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, held nine diplomatic assignments in the Arab world, including ambassador to Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, and deputy chief of mission in Syria. He was president and CEO of AMIDEAST, a non-governmental organization that works on educational and training projects throughout the Middle East. 

Moderator: Marissa Lombardi is an Assistant Teaching Professor and the Program Director of the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations program. She has served as Senior Intercultural Associate at the Interchange Institute and worked extensively as a cross-cultural consultant in both Italy and the United States. She holds master’s from Lesley University and doctorate from Northeastern University.

Below, see the evening’s agenda:

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
Snell Engineering Center, Room 108
6:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. Introductory Remarks
6:10 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. Keynote Speaker
6:25 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Q&A
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Reception & Refreshments