Former U.S. Ambassador, Foreign Policy Expert Speaks Feb. 6 at U of I
January 29, 2019
MOSCOW, Idaho — Jan. 29, 2019 — Kristie Kenney, a former U.S. ambassador to Thailand, the Philippines and Ecuador, as well as an expert on Asia and foreign affairs, will address the challenges of foreign policy in 2019 as part of the University of Idaho Martin Forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Administration Building Auditorium.
Kenney, who also served as a senior ranking member in the U.S. Department of State, will discuss “U.S. Foreign Policy: Challenges and Opportunities” during a weeklong visit to the university Feb. 4-8 as the Martin Institute’s distinguished practitioner of international affairs. Over her 30-year career, Kenney has represented the U.S. abroad and has served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of State and the White House. Kenney now teaches a course on leadership at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and is a frequent speaker on leadership and foreign policy.
While on campus, Kenney will teach a short course on American diplomacy in Asia and visit with students, including those from the Model UN program and international politics courses in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.
“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished diplomat as the 2019 distinguished practitioner of international affairs,” said Ro Afatchao, associate director of the Martin Institute. “We are hoping for a candid and informative discussion about current U.S. foreign policy issues based on Ambassador Kenney’s extensive experience.”
Held annually, Martin Forum events provide a place for experts to share their insights, as well as a unique opportunity for the public to engage with them in meaningful, face-to-face dialogue. Previous guests through the program include former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, international trade expert Daryl Brehm and Danish Ambassador Rolf M.H.P. Holmboe.
Media note: Kenney will be available for interviews at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Martin Institute, Administration Building 338, prior to her talk.
Assistant Clinical Professor, International Studies
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