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Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon
National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Amb. Rice

 

On May 14th, WFPG honored National Security Advisor Susan Rice at its Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon. The conversation focused on major national security challenges facing the US and was moderated by PBS NewsHour Co-Anchor and Managing Editor Judy Woodruff. Rice addressed Russian intervention in Ukraine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Syrian Civil War, the Iranian talks on nuclear weapons, the Benghazi investigation, tensions between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea, the efforts to recover the kidnapped Nigerian girls, and the current state of American foreign policy and America’s role in the world. Read more

 

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 Event Highlights 

 

US-Russian Relations:
Sochi, Snowden, Syria and Ukraine

 

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Feb 25—Angela Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University and author of The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century, briefed WFPG on US-Russian relations. In addition to a brief overview of the history of the post-Soviet relationship, she covered the current issues facing the two nations, namely: Snowden, Syria, Sochi, and now, turmoil in Ukraine. In her remarks, Stent asserted that as a result of Putin’s decision to grant Snowden asylum, the bilateral relationship has sunk to “a low that we haven’t seen since the Russia-Georgia War”. Read more

 


 

Hon. Jane Holl Lute briefs WFPG on
Cybersecurity

 

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Jan 27—Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO of the Council on CyberSecurity and former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, spoke to WFPG members on "Making Sense of Cybersecurity". In her remarks and the following conversation with David Sanger of The New York Times, she discussed the timely issue of cybersecurity which has been an issue of concern to individuals, organizations, and governments around the world, given the increasing frequency and impact of cyberattacks.The event was hosted by Ambassador Ritva Koukku- Ronde at the Embassy of Finland. Read more

 


 

Embassy Series: Mexico
Ambassador Medina Mora

 

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Jan 16—Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza of Mexico hosted an Embassy Series event for the WFPG on the US–Mexico Partnership. Twenty years after NAFTA came into effect, the Ambassador also stressed the need to enhance the understanding of both Mexicans and Americans about the new Mexico, and the very dynamic and different relationship between the two countries today. Ambassador Medina Mora discussed the future of North America as the world’s economic powerhouse, and expressed confidence that through a cohesive and dynamic partnership, the US and Mexico can effectively address the challenges of globalization. In his remarks, he also covered the importance of the recent Mexican constitutional reforms and their growing energy sector on both Mexico and on the trilateral relationship. In terms of security, the Ambassador discussed the role of the federal government dealing with the drug cartels by curtailing their financial flows and recruitment abilities. The conversation was held at the Mexican Cultural Institute and was moderated by WFPG Board member Diana Villiers Negroponte of the Brookings Institution.

 


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Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon
WFPG Honors Foreign Policy Journalists

 

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Nov 21—At WFPG's 2013 Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon, Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, led a conversation with Karen DeYoung, Washington Post Associate Editor and Senior National Security Correspondent, Jill Dougherty, CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent, and Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal Intelligence Correspondent.

Each of the journalists shared insights from their recent coverage of key foreign policy and national security issues. DeYoung discussed traveling with Secretary Kerry on his recent trip to the Middle East and Europe, which focused on Syria, Iran, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Gorman spoke about the impact of the NSA scandal's domestically and with key allies. Dougherty addressed Russia's role in Syria, as well as its desire to expand its influence in the Middle East and on the world stage. The panelists also discussed the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as the need for more coverage of China, energy, and Russia’s expansion in the Arctic.

 


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The US and the Baltics:
Energy, Russia and NATO

 

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Sept 30—US Ambassador to Lithuania Deborah McCarthy spoke about the US and the Baltics, with a focus on energy, Russia, and NATO. In her remarks, McCarthy discussed the importance of the current Lithuanian presidency of the European Union, as well as the increased tensions between the EU and Russia over the Eastern Partnership, which has further strained Russian-Baltic relations.  Read more

 


 

Embassy Series: Switzerland
Reflections on Economy, Innovation and
Their Role in Europe and the US

 

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July 12—Ambassador Manuel Sager of Switzerland addressed WFPG on “Switzerland: Small Country, Big Impact—Reflections on the Swiss Economy, Innovation, and Switzerland’s Role in Europe and the US.” In his remarks, Sager discussed reasons for the strong Swiss economy, with an emphasis on the importance of innovation. The Ambassador also covered Switzerland’s close political and economic relationships with the EU and the US.  Read more


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 Upcoming Events

 

October 28, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

A Growing Humanitarian Crisis:
Refugees and IDPs in Syria, Iraq and Turkey

 

Daryl Grisgraber


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October 30, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Embassy Series: Italy

 

Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero


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November 3, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Combating the Spread of Ebola:
The US Aid Effort in Liberia

 

Helene Cooper

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November 7, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Turkish Foreign Policy:
A Balancing Act

 

Gönül Tol


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November 13, 2014 | New York, NY

 

The Situation in Syria:
Providing Medical Relief during Conflict

 

Deane Marchbein


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November 20, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Embassy Series: Japan

 

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae


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 Recent Events


 

October 8, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Embassy Series: Ireland

 

Ambassador Anne Anderson


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 October 1, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Transitions, Revolutions, Sectarian Strife, & ISIL: An Inside Look into a Volatile Region

 

Ambassador Anne Patterson


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September 26, 2014 | New York, NY

 

US Priorities at the UN General Assembly

 

Bathsheba N. Crocker


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September 18, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Looking Towards UNGA 69
Peace, Security and Development:
New Perspectives and Partnerships

 

Mahmoud Mohieldin
Ambassador Faida M. Mitifu
Ambassador Amanda Ellis


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September 11, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Embassy Series: Spain

 

Ambassador Ramón Gil-Casares


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September 8, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Member Networking Happy Hour

 


 

September 9, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Putinism:
The World According to Vladimir Putin

 

Jill Dougherty


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August 5, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Where Do You Start?
Careers in International Affairs


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July 22, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe

 

Ritu Sharma
Women Thrive Worldwide

 

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July 16, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Crisis in Iraq: What's Next for Them and Us

 

Robin Wright

 

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July 7, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

DC Celebration of Women Diplomats

 

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July 1, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Will President Sisi Bring Stability to Egypt?

 

Michele Dunne
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

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June 23, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

US Foreign Policy:
Challenges and Opportunities in Africa

 

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

 

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June 5, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Progress or Peril:
The Role for Women in Defining
Afghanistan’s Future

 

Michelle Barsa
Institute for Inclusive Security

 

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May 19, 2014 | New York, NY

 

Russia and Ukraine
Past, Present, and Future

 

Kimberly Marten
Barnard College, Columbia University

 

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