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59 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
The Evolution of the U.S.-India Relationship: A Roundtable with Ambassador Kenneth Juster
Ambassador Juster served more than three years as the 25th U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of India, the third largest U.S. Mission in the world. During his tenure, he tackled a broad range of issues including matters of defense, education, and space in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Roundtable, Ambassador Juster shared his perspective on the U.S.-India trade relationship, India's energy and health sectors, and more from his time at post.
50 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
A Tremendous Partnership: A Roundtable with Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman
Born in Bucharest, Ambassador Zuckerman emigrated to the United States with his family in 1966. He returned to Romania in 2019 to serve as Ambassador until January of 2021. He is only the second U.S. Ambassador of Romanian heritage to serve in this role and the first to have native fluency in Romanian. In this Roundtable, Ambassador Zuckerman discussed how Romania has changed through the years, how the country has coped through the pandemic and the critical role that the U.S.-Romanian relationship plays in the region.
62 minutes | May 19, 2021
Transforming Diplomacy: A Roundtable with Ambassador Brown and Ambassador Cella
Ambassador Brown and Ambassador Cella made transformative diplomatic accomplishments during their tenures. Ambassador Brown served as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa from 2017 to 2020. He has a long history of public service, including as a United States Senator from Massachusetts (R, 2010–2013). Ambassador Cella served as Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu from 2019 to 2021. He has managed a number of successful political campaigns and served as senior adviser to the House Republican Steering Committee and the Republican Policy Committee. In this roundtable, they discussed the challenges they faced while at post - including the onset on the global pandemic - and their unique approaches to diplomacy.
49 minutes | May 13, 2021
Investing in Our Alliance: A Roundtable with Senator Bill Hagerty
Senator Bill Hagerty was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2020 and is currently serving his first term representing the state of Tennessee. Prior to that, he served as Ambassador to Japan from 2017 to 2019. Senator Hagerty has also worked as an economic advisor and as a White House Fellow under President George H. W. Bush. From 2011 to 2014, Hagerty served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In this Roundtable, he discussed how he strengthened the U.S.-Japanese relationship and how he continues to use his experience abroad to inform his work in Congress.
59 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads: A Roundtable with Ambassador John Abizaid
A four star U.S. Army general, Ambassador Abizaid has a decorated history in service to the United States. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, he served as Commandant at the United States Military Academy at West Point and Commander of the U.S. Central Command during the Iraq War. During his time in Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Abizaid was faced with a number of profound challenges to the U.S.-Saudi relationship - including the war in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In this Roundtable, he discussed how he managed these crises and built on the strengths of the U.S.-Saudi relationship.
65 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Mission Mexico: A Roundtable with Ambassador Christopher Landau
Ambassador Christopher Landau was born into a Foreign Service family and has a lifetime of experience in the field of international affairs. During his time in Mexico, Ambassador Landau was faced with a number of challenges adding to the complexities of his role. In addition to managing migration cooperation and the response to COVID-19, he dealt with China's looming influence and the ongoing fight against the cartels. In this Roundtable, Ambassador Landau discussed his approaches to these crises, how he built on the U.S.-Mexico relationship, and the American community in Mexico.
62 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Building Bridges in Austria: A Roundtable with Ambassador Trevor Traina
The Council of American Ambassadors was delighted to host Ambassador Trevor Traina, recently returned from Austria. Ambassador Traina served as Ambassador to Austria from 2018 to 2021 - the same position held by his grandfather, Ambassador Wiley Buchanan, from 1975 to 1977. During his service, Ambassador Traina dealt with terrorism and the coronavirus pandemic. He discussed these and his other experiences as Amassador.
51 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Cohesion and Cooperation: The U.S. & South Africa
The Council of American Ambassadors was delighted to host Ambassador Lana Marks, recently returned from South Africa. Ambassador Marks is a diplomat and business executive. Born in South Africa, she returned to the country to serve as Ambassador in 2019. During her service, Ambassador Marks transformed the U.S.-South Africa relationship and tackled issues related to international development, agriculture, and COVID-19. She discussed these and her other experiences as Ambassador.
61 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
The Unbreakable Alliance: Roundtable with Ambassador Arthur Culvahouse
The Council of American Ambassadors was delighted to host Ambassador Arthur Culvahouse, recently returned from Australia. Ambassador Culvahouse has a long career in service to the nation, including as Counsel to President Ronald Reagan. During his time as Ambassador to Australia, Ambassador Culvahouse strengthened the key U.S.-Australian alliance and dealt with matters concerning China's influence in the Pacific. He discussed these and other experiences as Ambassador.
61 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
The Abraham Accords - Roundtable with Ambassadors Fischer and Rakolta
The Abraham Accords - Roundtable with Ambassadors Fischer and Rakolta by Council of American Ambassadors
56 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Idealism Rooted in Realism: Roundtable With Ambassador Harry Harris
The Council of American Ambassadors was delighted to host Ambassador Harry Harris, recently returned from South Korea. Ambassador Harris was confirmed by the United States Senate in June 2018 and served until returning in January. He previously served as Admiral of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and as the 24th Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. During his service, Ambassador Harris was confronted by issues including North Korea, defense, and the U.S.-South Korean partnership. He discussed these along with other experiences in his role as Ambassador.
60 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
The Power of Our Resolve - The U.S. and EU in Tandem: A Roundtable with Ambassador Gordon Sondland
The Council of American Ambassadors was delighted to host the former Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon D. Sondland, for this exclusive event. Ambassador Sondland was confirmed by the United States Senate in June 2018 and served as Ambassador to the E.U. until February 2020. During his service, Ambassador Sondland addressed issues regarding trade, energy, national security, defense, and agriculture. He discussed these along with other experiences in his role as Ambassador to the EU.
59 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Europe Is Not Quiet: A Roundtable with Ambassador James Gilmore
The Council of American Ambassadors was delighted to host former Governor of Virginia and Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, James Gilmore, for this exclusive event. The OSCE is the world’s largest and most comprehensive regional security organization. It is the major forum for taking action on issues of peace, security and human rights in Europe and Central Asia. While serving as Chief of Mission, Ambassador Gilmore addressed Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, as well as human rights violations in Belarus and the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. He discussed how he was able to use his extensive domestic political experience to tackle these critical international issues and the importance of U.S. participation in multilateral organizations like the OSCE.
125 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Fall 2020 Conference: The U.S.-China Relationship - Perceptions and Misperceptions
The Council of American Ambassadors hosted our first virtual Fall Conference last week. Ambassador Timothy Chorba opened the event by introducing Ambassador Frank Wisner, who provided the Council with an insightful tour d'horizon. This was followed by a panel discussion on U.S.-China relations featuring Dr. Wang Jisi of Peking University, Dr. David Lampton of Johns Hopkins, and moderator Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch. Finally, Ambassador Philip Hughes concluded the event with a warm thanks to each of our speakers.
62 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Marshall Roundtable Audio
The Council of American Ambassadors was delighted to host former Chief of Protocol, Capricia Penavic Marshall, for a discussion regarding her new book, Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make it Work for You. Ambassador Marshall explored why diplomacy and etiquette matter - both in the global arena and in everyday life - at our event on Friday, October 16 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, moderated by Council Member Elizabeth Bagley.
49 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Voting Overseas: A Discussion on the American Vote from Abroad
The Council of American Ambassadors was delighted to host the Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), David Beirne, for an informative discussion concerning the American vote from abroad. What is the voting process like for U.S. citizens in foreign countries? What challenges do they face in submitting ballots in the middle of a pandemic? Why is FVAP housed in the Department of Defense? How can voters abroad ensure their vote is counted? Director Beirne answered these questions and more during our virtual webinar moderated by former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Ambassador Bruce Heyman.
64 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Innovative Approaches to Diplomacy
The role of an ambassador is to convene, to connect and to problem solve. Traditionally, that was done in meeting rooms and reception halls. In an era of social media, digital communication and Zoom meetings, ambassadors have new tools at their disposal. On Monday, June 22 the Council of American Ambassadors hosted Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Ambassador John Emerson and Ambassador Kristie Kenney to share their stories about innovative diplomacy.
83 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
The Evolving Role of the U.S. Ambassador
The Evolving Role of the U.S. Ambassador: A Conversation with Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Author and Journalist Paul Richter, and Ambassador Ed Gabriel Please note: From 5:15 to 20:00 there is a brief pause in the video feed of this event. The audio feed remains continuous. The video feed picks back up at 20:00.
52 minutes | Apr 24, 2020
Virtual Roundtable Series: Political Unrest and Institutional Crisis in Latin America
On April 16, the Council of American Ambassadors hosted its first Virtual Roundtable with Council Members and guest speaker Dr. Arturo Valenzuela, former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Affairs. Dr. Valenzueal discussed the political unrest that erupted in Latin America in 2019, changes in leadership, and implications of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region.
47 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
International Migration Management with Ambassador William Lacy Swing
November 13, 2019: At the Council of American Ambassadors' Fall Conference Ambassador William Lacy Swing reviewed international migration stats and offered analysis on migration management. Ambassador William Lacy Swing was the Director General of the International Organization for Migration and Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN before that. CAA Member Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch introduced Ambassador Swing and moderated the ensuing Q&A session.
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