“Policy Making and Implementation in the Department of State” featuring Quinn Mecham, an assistant professor of political science at BYU, on Tuesday, 25 March at 1:00 p.m. in 257 HRCB.
Have you wondered how policy is made and implemented at the Department of State? Or wanted to find out about the inner-workings of Foggy Bottom?
Mecham was a member of the policy planning staff of the U.S. Department of State (2009–10), focusing on the Arab Gulf, political Islam, and global religious affairs.
There will be ample time for Q&A and light refreshments.
Get an inside perspective and learn how to make it in Washington with careers in diplomacy and development.
Ian M. Houston will discuss “Representing the U.S. Foreign Service and International NGOs: Practical Knowledge and Career Management” on Thursday, 20 March, 3:00–4:30 p.m., in 238 HRCB.
Houston is the executive director of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) and represents the views of the men and women of the U.S. Foreign Service as the senior operational director at AFSA. At AFSA, Houston has been a strong advocate for several Foreign Service professional issues, growing the size of the diplomatic corps, and in managing overall operations including financial, and reporting to an elected governing board. Read More…
Dodge Billingsley will discuss “South Korean Armed Forces Engage a Shifting Defense Paradigm” on Wednesday, 26 February at noon in 238 HRCB.
Billingsley, a fellow at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU, is also the director of Combat Films and Research and a senior faculty member at the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Civil Military Relations.
He has been a long-time observer of many wars and contested regions and has spent considerable time with U.S. and foreign militaries worldwide, including Chechen insurgent forces, Turkish Special Forces, and Republic of Korea Marines. He embedded with the U.S. Marines for the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and embedded again with the U.S. Army’s 4-6 Infantry for the closure of Al Asad Air Base and the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Al Anbar Province, western Iraq in December 2011. Read More…
“U.S. vs. the World?: The Prohibition of Arbitrary Detention in Armed Conflict” will be presented by Matthew L. Duffin and Andrew J. Carswell on Wednesday, 5 February at noon in 238 HRCB. Their comments will be moderated by Eric Talbot Jensen.
Duffin is an assistant professor of legal studies at Utah Valley University and previously served as a military judge advocate for more than twenty years. His career has included serving as an Associate Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) Department of Defense during the Iraq War; assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy; and developing cases against the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as a part of the Criminal Investigative Task Force. Read More…
Monday, 25 February
“Careers in Diplomacy”
noon, 238 HRCB
“Oral Assessment Preparation Session”
3:00 p.m., 238 HRCB
Philip Egger, diplomat-in-residence, arrived at Arizona State University in August 2011. Egger has been a Foreign Service officer with the Department of State since 1980 and currently holds the rank of minister-counselor. He has had a wide variety of assignments both overseas and in Washington, with his most recent assignment as consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy.
From 2007 to 2008, he served as the team leader for the Provincial Reconstruction Team for Muthanna Province in Iraq Read More…