Latin America: Prospects for Peace and Progress

March 7, 2017

Hear Inter-American Dialogue President Michael Shifter speak about the challenges facing Latin America – including trade and economic development, security and drug policy, and international migration – and discuss the ways governments, organizations, and individuals throughout the region are working together to meet these pressing issues.

Moderator: John Rash, Star Tribune Editorial Writer and Columnist


2017 U.S. Foreign Policy Update with Tom Hanson

February 28, 2017

Join us for the ever-popular annual U.S. Foreign Policy Update with Diplomat in Residence and former career Foreign Service Officer, Tom Hanson. In this podcast, Tom explores and explains the latest foreign policy developments, trends, and challenges facing the U.S. and next president in the upcoming year, including nuclear security, international trade, and U.S. relations with China and Latin America. This timely and thought-provoking presentation is recommended for anyone interested in international relations.

Tom Hanson’s U.S. Foreign Service postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Currently, Tom serves as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota – Duluth and is a frequent Global Minnesota speaker. He is also a board member of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, U.S. Foundation.


A Global Conversation with Bill Davnie: The Future of Europe

February 27, 2017

Join us for a conversation with foreign policy expert, Bill Davnie, on what post-Brexit Europe will look like and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt.

Bill Davnie served as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer from 1981 to 2007. His postings included Hong Kong, Thailand, USSR/Russia, Tajikistan, Lithuania, and Finland, as well as four months in Baghdad in 2007. Since retirement, he has traveled to Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, South Korea, and Cambodia. Prior to the Foreign Service, he researched Islam and taught for one year in Indonesia, and served as a Presbyterian pastor for five years in rural North Dakota.