Economic Diplomacy and Statecraft

Explore complex and controversial issues through expert guest speaker discussions.

The colloquium is a semester-long guest speaker series and course, bringing leaders and practitioners from all over the world to share their experiences in trying to solve some of the world's toughest problems. The combined coursework and lecture series is designed to bridge theory to practice and prepare the world’s future leaders.

Economic statecraft is at the heart of American international relations and foreign policy. It is, indeed, at the heart foreign policy for virtually all nations. With this in mind, the Spring 2014 Colloquium Course–Economic Statecraft and Diplomacy–offers a superb opportunity to study of the most pressing and challenging issues facing the world today.

Guest lectures are open to the public. Events will be held in the McGowan Building, Room 102 at 411 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940 unless otherwise noted below. 

For inquiries, please contact: emcwilliam@miis.edu.

Spring 2014 Speakers

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February 3, 6-9pm

Evan Hillebrand

Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce

Lecture Topic: Economic Sanctions
Location: McGowan Building, Room 102, click here to view details.

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February 7, 3-5pm Morse B104

Rufus Yerxa 

Former Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization

Lecture TopicEconomic Diplomacy and Tradecraft in the Global Trading System

Location: Morse Building, Room B104, click here to view details.

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February 7, 3-5pm Morse B104

Demetrios Marantos

Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

Lecture TopicEconomic Diplomacy and Tradecraft in the Global Trading System

Location: Morse Building, Room B104, click here to view details.

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February 10, 4-6pm

Sean Thornton 

Senior Counsel, Financial Regulatory Enforcement, Skadden Arps; Former Chief Counsel, U.S. Dept of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Lecture Topic: Financial Statecraft: Case Study of Iran
Location: CNS Building, Video Conference Room V499.

February 17, 6-9pm

Ann Rollins 

Director of Government Relations, IT

Lecture Topic: 

Economic Diplomacy:  A Private Sector Perspective 

Location: McGowan Building, Room 102, click here to view details.

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February 17, 6-9pm

Jennifer Sanford 

Senior Manager, International Trade & Energy Policy at Cisco, Inc  

Lecture Topic:

Economic Diplomacy:  A Private Sector Perspective

Location: McGowan Building, Room 102, click here to view details.

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February 24, 6-9pm

Grant Aldonas

Senior Advisor at CSIS, former Chief International Trade Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee.

Lecture Topic:Economic Diplomacy in Practice

Location: McGowan Building, Room 102, click here to view details.

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March 10, 6-9pm

Don Lewis 

Stanford Law School

Lecture TopicChina’s Economic Diplomacy  Location: McGowan Building, Room 102, click here to view details.

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March 24, 5-8pm

Steve Pifer

Director, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Brookings Institute

Lecture TopicRussian Power Diplomacy and Eurasian Integration. Click here to learn more. 
Location: McCone Building, Irvine Auditorium, click here to view details.

April 14, 6-9pm

Jeri Jensen

Consultant to the Millenium Challenge Corp.

Lecture TopicEconomic Diplomacy in a New Sustainable Development Paradigm 
Location: McGowan Building, Room 102, click here to view details.

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April 18, 6-9pm

Francis Fukuyama

Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Lecture TopicEconomic Diplomacy and Global Governance in a Multi-polar World

Location: McCone Building, Irvine Auditorium, click here to view details.

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April 28, 6-9pm

Gary Horlick

International Trade Lawyer, former Chairman of WTO and Mercosur panels

Location: McGowan Building, Room 102, click here to view details.