July  8, 2020

Richard Silver

Since WWII all American Presidents have exercised global leadership. This has largely been welcomed by our friends and allies; it has provided predictability, peace and prosperity. Where we have departed from this tradition, such as with the invasion of Iraq, our reputation has suffered. Now, many of the world’s expectations for U.S. leadership have been met with surprise, from our pandemic response to a threatened withdrawal of 10,000 troops from Germany. This discussion will consider how the world sees America and consider the policy implications for the future.

Richard Silver retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2017 as the U.S Embassy, Bucharest spokesperson after also serving in Japan, Pakistan, Colombia and India) as a public diplomacy officer. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Japan Society of Northern California; Chair, Japan Team, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; and a Senior Attorney, U.S. Treasury Department.

During his time at Treasury, Richard was detailed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a white collar crime prosecutor as well as to the Japanese Finance Ministry as a Mike Mansfield Fellow advising on Japan’s Big Bang legal and financial sector reforms. He currently serves on the Santa Fe Council on International Relations’ Board. His primary foreign language is Japanese although he studied all of the languages in the countries in which he served.

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When: Jul 8, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Topic: US Global Leadership: Where Are We Today?

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The Speaker

Richard Silver
Richard SilverUS Foreign Service Officer (rtd)
Richard Silver retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2017 as the U.S Embassy, Bucharest spokesperson after also serving in Japan, Pakistan, Colombia and India) as a public diplomacy officer. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Japan Society of Northern California; Chair, Japan Team, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; and a Senior Attorney, U.S. Treasury Department.

During his time at Treasury, Richard was detailed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a white collar crime prosecutor as well as to the Japanese Finance Ministry as a Mike Mansfield Fellow advising on Japan’s Big Bang legal and financial sector reforms. He currently serves on the Santa Fe Council on International Relations’ Board. His primary foreign language is Japanese although he studied all of the languages in the countries in which he served.