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2013 Guide to Women Leaders

 

July 2013 eNews

 

2013 Summer Newsletter

 

 

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What people are saying . . . 

WFPG clearly plays an important role in cultivating the foreign policy leaders of tomorrow. Given my long career in domestic and foreign policy in my own country, I know first-hand how crucial organizations such as yours are for the advancement of gender equality.

 

- Helen Clark
UNDP Administrator and 
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

 

There’s not another one like [WFPG] in this city, and I think it plays a really important role in connecting all of us, and in having discussions about some of the issues that don’t make it to some of the other centers in town.

 

- Melanne Verveer
US Ambassador-at-Large
for Global Women's Issues

 

Ambassador [Susan] Rice and I both appreciate the role of this group. The intellectual rigor and energy that its members bring to foreign policy issues are essential to helping to make the UN a more effective and responsive forum.

 

- Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo
US Alternate Representative for 
Special Political Affairs to the UN

 

It [WFPG] was an organization with which I entered into contact fairly early on in my tenure as Ambassador here, and I immediately understood the importance that it plays in engaging many in Washington with some of the most critical foreign policy issues . . .

 

- Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan
Embassy of Mexico to the US

 

 

 

 News 

 

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

 

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 Event Highlights 

 

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

 

Photos | Transcript

 


 

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.

 

Photos | Transcript

 


 

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.

 

Photos | Audio | Transcript

 


 

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

 

April 30, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Current Foreign Policy and National Security Challenges for the Obama Administration


Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
David E. Sanger, The New York Times
Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times


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May 6, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Women's Leadership and Political Participation: Politics and Diplomacy in
Post-Conflict Countries


Hon. Ana Trišić-Babić
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Bosnia and Herzegovina


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May 7, 2014 | New York, NY

 

NY Celebrating Women Diplomats


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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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June 19, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Embassy Series: Spain

 

Ambassador Ramón Gil-Casares


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 Recent Events

 

March 31, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Highlights of the 2014 Meeting on the
Commission on the Status of Women

 

Mahnaz Afkhami
Women’s Learning Partnership


Photos coming soon

 


 

March 20, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Venezuela
One Year after the Death of Hugo Chavez

 

Diana Villiers Negroponte
The Brookings Institution

 

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March 12, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

UN Talent Pipeline
Recruiting Qualified Women
for Director-Level Positions


UN Program Information | Presentation

 


 

March 5, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

International Women's Day
Co- sponsored with the UN Foundation
and UN Information Centres


Photos coming soon

 


 

February 24, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

US-Russian Relations
The Impact of the Sochi Olympics and
Turmoil in Ukraine

 

Angela Stent


Photos | Article

 


 

February 19, 2014 | New York, NY

 

Annual NY Mentoring Fair


Thank you to all our mentors!


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February 12, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Embassy Series: Singapore

 

Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri

 

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February 5, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Annual DC Mentoring Fair


Thank you to all our mentors!


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January 31, 2014 | New York, NY

 

The Arab Revolutions
Where Are They Now?

 

Isobel Coleman


Photos coming soon

 


 

January 27, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Making Sense of Cybersecurity

 

Jane Holl Lute, Council on CyberSecurity

 

Moderator: David Sanger, NY Times


Photos | Transcript

 


 

January 16, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

Embassy Series: Mexico

 

Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora

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December 6, 2013 | Washington, DC

 

Non-Profit and Government
Career Forum

Panel and Career Fair

Cosponsors: NYU, GW, UPenn, and Brandeis

Mentoring and Career Fairs

 

 

 

 

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