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KQV Global Press Conference
Smart Power in the 21st Century

May 23, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Robert Pearson, Former U.S. Ambassador to  Turkey. He will discuss "Smart Power in the 21st Century” with host former Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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Summer Seminar on Global Issues
June 15-July 2, 2015

June 15, 2015

The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Through a mix of classroom instruction, experiential learning activities, and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them.

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18th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers - Teaching Contemporary Global Issues
June 16-17, 2015

June 16, 2015

The Institute is a two-day workshop which consists of presentations on contemporary world affairs, small group problem solving exercises, and lesson-planning sessions with direct application to your curriculum.

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New Opportunities: The Franco-American Partnership and the Transatlantic Relationship
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
New Opportunities: The Franco-American Partnership and the Transatlantic Relationship

His Excellency François Delattre
Ambassador of France to the United States

March 28, 2013

12:00 - 1:45 p.m.

The Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

Throughout the 20th century, France and the United States have enjoyed a strong partnership. As with any relationship, there have been ups and downs. Transitioning from the 20th to 21st centuries, the United States and France have renewed partnerships in the historical alliance of NATO and look to future opportunities with the development of President Obama’s recently announced free trade agreement between the U.S. and the E.U.

As the geopolitical landscape changes, so do the roles of different actors. We may currently be in a new era of French foreign policy. France’s recently elected President François Hollande emphasized France’s ability to strike out on its own if necessary. To some, President Hollande’s position is nothing new, as France was in the vanguard during NATO’s operations in Libya in 2011. With regard to the proposed U.S.-E.U. trade agreement, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius referred to the prospect as "an excellent thing” during a recent press conference with U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry.

Nearly 4,000 French military personnel are now working with Malian troops to root out and destroy al-Qaeda linked insurgents throughout the North African nation. New economic prospects on the horizon hint at a closer U.S.-French dialogue. What do these developments mean for the Franco-American partnership? Join the Council and France’s chief diplomat in the U.S. for a discussion on France’s developing foreign policy and its dynamic relationship with the United States.

His Excellency François Delattre, the Ambassador of France to the United States, was appointed to this position in February 2011. He had previously been posted as the Ambassador to Canada. Mr. Delattre is a career diplomat. His career began in 1989 when he was assigned to the French Embassy in Berlin, where he was in charge of matters pertaining to the economic impact of Germany’s unification and the environment. Since then, Mr. Delattre has worked in numerous positions in Europe and North America and within the French government. He has worked in the Foreign Ministry with the Strategic Security and Disarmament Department, as a member of Foreign Minister Alain Juppé’s cabinet, and as Deputy Director of the Foreign Minister’s office. Mr. Delattre is a graduate of Sciences Po and l’ENA with a degree in International Law.

Member: $45 | Non-Member: $65 | Table of eight (8): $360

Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions. 

Participants must register to attend.  No-shows and cancellations after March 22, 2013 will be charged.

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

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