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Global Health in the Midst of COVID-19: Turmoil, Change and Progress

January 21, 2021

Ambassador John E Lange(Ret.)

The world has gone through turmoil and socio-economic disruption due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the U.S. Government is in the midst of change and President-elect Biden has promised on his first day in office to reverse President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization. Throughout this period, international organizations have developed new programs and are considering important reforms to improve pandemic preparedness and response in the future.

Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) is Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation, where he focuses on issues related to global health security and the work of the World Health Organization. He has held leadership positions in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the Measles & Rubella Initiative. From 2009-2013, he engaged in high-level global health advocacy with African governments while at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Lange had a distinguished 28-year career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, where he was a pioneer in the field of global health diplomacy and a leader in pandemic preparedness and response. He was the State Department’s Special Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza from 2006-2009. He also served tours of duty as Deputy Inspector General; Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the inception of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; and U.S. Ambassador to Botswana and Special Representative to the Southern African Development Community (1999-2002), where HIV/AIDS was his signature issue. Lange led the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as Chargé d’Affaires at the time of the August 7, 1998, terrorist bombing, for which he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Earlier, he had tours of duty at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the American Embassies in Lomé, Togo; Paris, France; and Mexico City, Mexico.

He has an M.S. degree from the National War College and J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His August 10, 2020 article in The Hill can be found at Pandemic preparedness and response under a different president.

The video of Ambassador Lange’s January 27, 2021 talk for SFWAF is available at: Videos | The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum (sfwaf.org)

We use the Zoom webinar format for this and other webinar programs. If you would like more information on our webinars please email sfwaforum@outlook.com. We announce future webinars and registration information via email announcements.

Global Health in the Midst of COVID-19: Turmoil, Change and Progress2021-01-30T19:34:25-07:00

The Three Seas Initiative: A Long Leap Forward

January 6, 2021

Ambassador Jonatan Vseviov

This program with Ambassador Vseviov on the Three Seas Initiative is in cosponsorship with the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

The Three Seas Initiative was launched in 2016 by twelve Central and Eastern European nations to facilitate greater cross border cooperation north to south. It’s foremost an economic initiative to benefit the countries situated between Western Europe and Russia. Its purpose is to attract global investment for joint infrastructure projects in a part of Europe that lacks such basic linkages as transportation and communications that have long existed in the Western part of the continent.

This Initiative stretches from the Baltic Sea through the Central European countries of Poland, Hungary and the Czech and Slovak Republics to several on the eastern Adriatic Sea and even borders on the western rim of the Black Sea. The IMF has estimated in a report that the need for investment is 1.3 trillion Euros to close the gap with Western Europe. The Initiative, developed at the impetus of the countries involved, is not an EU or NATO project per se but international in scope and supported by both. Ultimately, this initiative will benefit the whole of Europe and beyond. The US has also pledged up to $1 billion dollars to help make the Three Seas Initiative a positive pillar of TransAtlantic relations.

Jonatan Vseviov has been serving as Estonia´s Ambassador to the United States since August 2018. This is his third diplomatic posting in Washington, DC. Before assuming his current duties, Vseviov worked at the Estonian Ministry of Defense for 10 years, rising to the post of Permanent Secretary. Until his appointment as Permanent Secretary in January 2016, Mr. Vseviov served as the Undersecretary for Defense Planning, the Acting Undersecretary for Defense Policy, and Director of Policy Planning.

We use the Zoom webinar format for this and other programs. Ambassador Vseviov’s talk is available on our videos webpage. If you would like more information on our webinars please email sfwaforum@outlook.com.

The Three Seas Initiative: A Long Leap Forward2021-01-11T02:03:18-07:00

New Challenges for Nuclear Arms Control

December 2, 2020

Rose Gottemoeller

December 2 Webinar: New Challenges for Nuclear Arms Control with arms control expert and former Deputy Secretary General of NATO and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control : Rose Gottemoeller.

The Trump Administration in 2020 laid down two clear principles, that the next nuclear arms reduction treaty should include constraints on warheads, and that China should come to the negotiating table. Both are significant new challenges for nuclear arms control, and Rose Gottemoeller will describe some different ways to go about tackling them. In doing so, she will discuss the role that the national weapons labs may be able to play in developing the means and methods to constrain nuclear warheads. She will also explore ways to incentivize China to agree to talks.

Rose Gottemoeller is the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for International Security and Cooperation.Before joining Stanford, Gottemoeller was the Deputy Secretary General of NATO from 2016 to 2019, where she helped to drive forward NATO’s adaptation to new security challenges in Europe and in the fight against terrorism. Prior to NATO, she served for nearly five years as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State, advising the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation, and political-military affairs. While Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in 2009 and 2010, she was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation.Prior to her government service, she was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonproliferation and Russia programs. She served as the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008, and is currently a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. She is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

December 2, 2020:
Rose Gottemoeller
Topic: New Challenges for Nuclear Arms Control

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format for this and our other programs. If you are interested in this program, please email sfwaforum@outlook.com for additional information.

New Challenges for Nuclear Arms Control2020-12-07T10:21:03-07:00

The Committee That Runs the World: The National Security Council Then and Now

November 18, 2020

 

Ambassador Will Itoh (rtd)

 

Welcome back! You are invited to join our Wednesday November 18 Webinar: The Committee That Runs the World: The National Security Council Then and Now with Ambassador Will Itoh (rtd) who served as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council at the White House from 1993-95. Created by the National Security Act of 1947, the National Security Council (NSC) advises the President of the United States on matters relating to defense and foreign policy. The NSC has expanded considerably over recent years, often going beyond its policy coordination role in supporting the President. This presentation will focus on the organization and history of the NSC with observations about how well the process has worked under different Presidents. Ambassador William Itoh served as executive secretary of the National Security Council at the White House from 1993-1995. A career Foreign Service officer, he also served as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand 1995-1999. He holds BA and MA degrees in history from UNM and is professor of the practice in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is past president of the World Affairs Council of Albuquerque.

November 18, 2020:
Ambassador Will Itoh (rtd):
Topic: The Committee That Runs the World: The National Security Council Then and Now

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format for this and our other programs. If you are interested in this program, please email sfwaforum@outlook.com for additional information.

The Committee That Runs the World: The National Security Council Then and Now2020-11-20T20:19:38-07:00

Elections 2020: National Elections with Global Impact

September 30, 23 & 16, 2020

 

Lonna Rae Atkeson, Sarah Hood & Maggie Toulouse Oliver

 

SCHEDULE:

September 30:
Lonna Rae Atkeson, Professor and Regents Lecturer Political Science at the University of New Mexico:
Topic: Election Security, Fraud and Voter Confidence

How do New Mexicans view the conduct of Elections here in New Mexico? How confident are New Mexican voters that the electoral process in this state is secure, fraud free and if not, what are their major concerns and why?

September 23:
Sarah Hood, Reference and Instruction Librarian who teaches information literacy at Santa Fe Community College, media analyst with Ad Fontes Topic: Media: Elections 2020: Fact vs. Fiction: How to Wade Through the (Insanity)

Even in the best of times it can be a challenge to tell fact from fiction. The pivot of our lives – both personal and professional – to the online realm has only exacerbated this. In this historically unique presidential election, the U.S. is witnessing a volatile intersection of social unrest, economic upheaval and ever-evolving technology. In this webinar, Sarah will guide you through the in’s and out’s of ‘fake news’ and mis-/disinformation, how to sort fact from fiction, as well as how to communicate with others during this time…all while keeping your sanity.

September 16:

Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Secretary of State:
Topic: Election Security Issues in 2020 and How They are Being Addressed in New Mexico

Election security is one of the major issues confronting us in the 2020 general elections, whether from disinformation campaigns by hostile foreign governments and/or domestic actors, cyberattacks on electoral systems, ballot fraud, and deliberate attempts to cast doubt on the results.

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format for this and our other programs. If you are interested in this program, please email sfwaforum@outlook.com for additional information.

Elections 2020: National Elections with Global Impact2020-09-21T11:27:07-07:00

Turkish Politics at the Crossroads: Growing Democracy in Illiberal Soil

September 2, 2020

Dr. Gary M. Grossman

You are invited to join our September 2 Webinar: Turkish Politics at the Crossroads:  Growing Democracy in Illiberal Soil with Gary Grossman, Founding Associate Director of Academic Programs and Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University.

The Republic of Turkey has been one of the most dynamic countries in the world since it was established in 1923, founded with the explicit purpose for its emergence as a modern, secular democracy.  Over the past century, progress toward this goal has occurred in fits and starts, democratically elected governments overthrown by the Turkish military four times. This presentation explores Turkey’s prospects for democracy in the 21st century in the context of its current government, the longest-lasting regime in its history.

Dr. Gary M. Grossman is the Founding Associate Director of Academic Programs and Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. He is also currently a Visiting Scientist with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. He offers more than three decades of experience in the management of political, social, and technological development projects around the world with a particular focus on Turkey and Eurasia and was a Fulbright research scholar at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara.

This is the eighth and final webinar in our summer series Summer with SFWAF: Hot Weather, Hot Topics. We have offered two webinars a month held on Wednesday mornings from May 20 – September 2, 2020 for members and friends on a variety of current international affairs topics with foreign affairs experts in Washington, DC, New Mexico and Arizona. A list of our webinar speakers will be on our website sfwaf.org. Speaker bios are on the Speakers webpage. On September 16, 2020 we begin a three part 2020 election webinar series for SFWAF and LWV New Mexico members in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County.

We are using the Zoom Webinar Format for this and our other programs. If you are interested in this program, please email sfwaforum@outlook.com for additional information.

Turkish Politics at the Crossroads: Growing Democracy in Illiberal Soil2020-08-30T00:42:58-07:00
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