I have just attended The Institute of World Affairs@RESOLVE to the first of its 2016 program of briefings, featuring Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering.
Ambassador Pickering gave a masterful and refreshing tour d’ horizon of the complexity of global affairs; something that has been missing from recent political discourse. While there are no doubt huge challenges, some of them depressingly violent at least the tone discussion left us with hope, if we are willing to make a sacrifice to get there.
Thomas R. Pickering is Vice Chairman of Hills & Company. Ambassador Pickering served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1997-2000) and as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador; Nigeria, and Jordan. He also was the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York, where he led the U.S. effort to build a coalition in the UN Security Council during and after the first Gulf War. He has held additional positions in Tanzania, Geneva, and Washington, including as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs and as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger. After retiring from the State Department in 2000, Ambassador Pickering joined The Boeing Company as Senior Vice President, International Relations and member of the Executive Council. He serves on a number not-for-profit boards. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the University of Melbourne and speaks French, Spanish, and Swahili fluently and also Arabic, Hebrew and Russian.
Founded in 1924, in Geneva, Switzerland, “to advance scholarship and international understanding,” the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of World Affairs (IWA) has been a leading voice in international relations research, instruction and applied programming for more than 90 years. For close to four decades, RESOLVE has been a leader in the effective use of collaboration and consensus building in public decision-making on natural resource, public health and sustainability issues. In 2016, RESOLVE and IWA formed a strategic partnership to bolster impact on international conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects and leverage IWA’s research and policy capacity. RESOLVE serves as the secretariat for IWA projects. IWA@RESOLVE offers training and education programs throughout the world that are designed to increase the capacity of individuals and institutions to deal with social conflict in a constructive manner, produces groundbreaking research, and supports policy development on international issues. IWA@RESOLVE thanks the Albert Kunstadter Family Foundation and Ms. Judith Kipper for the generous contributions that have made this speaker series possible.