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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.
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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.
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December 2, 2020
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:
Topic: New Challenges for Nuclear Arms Control
November 18, 2020
Ambassador Will Itoh (rtd)
November 18, 2020:
Ambassador Will Itoh (rtd):
Topic: The Committee That Runs the World: The National Security Council Then and Now
September 30, 23 & 16, 2020
Lonna Rae Atkeson, Sarah Hood & Maggie Toulouse Oliver
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?
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.
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.