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Do You Want to be a Foreign Service Officer?

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Do You Want to be a Foreign Service Officer?

Jordan Tanner, a retired Foreign Service officer and former representative in the Utah House of Representatives, will conduct his annual workshop for the Foreign Service Student Organization on Wednesday, 22 October, 3:00–5:00 p.m., in 238 HRCB.

Tanner will cover the following topics:

FSO lifestyle and family issues—LDS perspectives
What it means to live abroad—today’s security risks
Career track opportunities in the Foreign Service and what a political, economic, management, public diplomacy, or consular section officer does
Opportunities to work abroad as a State Department specialist or with the FBI, CIA, AID, or FCS

The workshop will conclude with a Q & A session on written, essay, and oral assessment exams and other requirements for becoming an FSO. FSSO students who have recently taken the exams will discuss their experiences with the exam process.

WW I and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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WW I and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Kent F. Schull, an associate professor of Ottoman and modern Middle East history at SUNY Binghamton, will speak to a campus audience on Wednesday, 22 October at noon in 238 HRCB.

Schull is a twice Fulbright Scholar to Turkey. His research interests include crime, punishment, and criminal justice in the late Ottoman Empire, the history of World War I in the Middle East, socio-legal history, Islamic criminal law, and Muslims in North America and Europe. (more…)

Nuclear Policy for the 21st Century

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Nuclear Policy for the 21st Century

Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State, will visit campus on Wednesday, 22 October at 11:00 a.m. in 238 HRCB, to discuss this timely topic.

Gottemoeller was appointed to her new position in March, where she advises the secretary on arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament, and she had been acting in this position since February 2012. She was also serving as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, (more…)

The Future of Ukraine

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The Future of Ukraine

Kateryna Yushchenko, former first lady of Ukraine, will address a campus audience on Thursday, 16 October at 2:00 p.m., in B190 JFSB.

Yushchenko is an active participant in causes that advance freedom, education, and dignity in Ukraine. She moved to Ukraine after the dissolution of the Soviet Union to advance the cause of Ukrainian Independence. While there she co-founded the Ukraine–USA Foundation and later participated in and organized the Orange Revolution.

She worked for the U.S. Treasury Department during (more…)

Crafting a Strategy with Few Good Choices

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Crafting a Strategy with Few Good Choices

Our Book of the Semester author Vali Nasr will provide a firsthand account of foreign-policy wrangling in the Obama administration, failed efforts to sell those policies abroad, and the consequences going forward of unresolved issues in the Middle East, especially with regard to China’s role, taken from his book the Dispensable Nation.

This University Forum will be Tuesday, 21 October at 11:00 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

Nasr is dean of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins, a Middle East specialist, and a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution.

He served as senior advisor to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2009–11).