The next US administration will confront a tumultuous world full of formidable diplomatic challenges. Any American response is complicated by the differing interests of parties and states whose cooperation is essential to finding solutions. Defending and further promoting our interests while also promoting our values—which sustain our country as well as our allies and friends—will be the core diplomatic challenge for the new president.
The event will feature three speakers who will highlight different perspectives on this issue. Ambassador Charles Ries will focus on the controversial topic of multilateral trade deals and the possibility of restructuring the global economic order to better fit the 21st century. Diplomatic and military affairs traditionally have been separated, but Ambassador Ronald Neumann will challenge this rule as a solution to modern and unconventional challenges in the field. Transnational issues have also influenced American diplomacy in recent years, and Ambassador Eric Schwartz will argue for increased input and assistance from world powers and institutions to respond to these issues.
The keynote address will be delivered by Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and concurrent Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Prior to joining Georgetown University, she taught on US diplomacy in the Persian Gulf region, including Iraq and Yemen, for seven years at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.