2019 Chronology of Programs and Activities

January 11: The World Today: Perspectives on the Global Agenda
Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, presented a lecture on current global developments.

February 13: Ambassadors Advisory Board Meeting
The Chair of the Council’s Ambassadors Advisory Board His Excellency Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the United States, hosted a Luncheon Meeting at the Embassy of Singapore. Members of the Ambassadors Advisory Board came together with members of the Council’s Board of Directors to review programs and discuss plans for 2019.

March 15: International Trade Policy: Perspectives on the Agenda Ahead
Senior Advisor and Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) William Reinsch addressed the Council on the 2019 international trade agenda.

April 2: Navigating an Age of Disruption: Washington in 2019-2020
Two of Washington’s leading political strategists and analysts, Bruce P. Mehlman and David Castagnetti, made a presentation on the political and policy environment in Washington.

May 7: The National Institutes of Health
The Council took a group of diplomats to visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s largest biomedical research institution and the U.S. government’s premiere healthcare and health research facility. Dr. Peter Kilmarx, Deputy Director of the Fogarty International Center, briefed the participants on NIH programs and activities.

May 29: The Federal Reserve and Current Issues for the U.S. and World Economies
Ambassadors, senior diplomats, and private sector representatives participates in a Special Discussion at the Federal Reserve with Chairman Jerome Powell.

June 5: The Washington Nationals vs. The Chicago White Sox
The Council took a break from politics and foreign policy to host international diplomats for a lecture on baseball (“America’s National Pastime”) and a Major-League game at Washington’s Nationals Park.

July 1: Africa: Boosting Infrastructure, Investment and Trade
The Ambassador of Egypt to the United States, His Excellency Yasser Reda, hosted a panel discussion and reception focused on Africa and Egypt’s Presidency of the African Union. The panel spoke to almost 70 diplomats and consisted of Senior Vice President of the World Bank for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships Professor Mahmoud Mohieldin, Ambassador of Mozambique to the United States and Member, ECD Ambassadors Advisory Board His Excellency Carlos dos Santos, President and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa Dr. Florie Liser, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Africa and the Middle East Mr. Skip Jones.

September 12: The Smithsonian National African American History and Culture Museum
The Council took a group of diplomats to tour the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The visit gave foreign diplomats an opportunity to explore and better understand African American history and culture, and the contributions African Americans have made to the United States.

September 26: Globalization, Trade and the Future of Work
Dr. Susan Lund is a Partner at McKinsey & Company and a leader of the McKinsey Global Institute. She addressed the Council on her work regarding global labor markets, financial markets and trade, and the implications for public policy.

2018 Chronology of Programs and Activities

January 9: Politics, Public Policy, and World Affairs: Perspectives on the Current Situation
The Honorable Jim Webb, former United States Senator, Assistant Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the U.S. Navy, presented a lecture on current global developments and public policy challenges. 

January 18: Promoting Civil Diplomacy
A 22-person Chinese delegation organized by The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, composed of business and government representatives, met with representatives of the Council to discuss cooperation and civil diplomacy. The delegation was on a tour of the United States to facilitate academic, business and cultural discussions.

February 21: International Trade Policy: Perspectives on the Agenda Ahead
Former Undersecretary of Commerce and National Foreign Trade Council President William Reinsch addressed the Council on the 2018 international trade agenda. 

February 27: Ambassadors Advisory Board Meeting
The Chairman of the Council's Ambassadors Advisory Board His Excellency Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the United States, hosted a Luncheon Meeting at the Embassy of Singapore. Members of the Ambassadors Advisory Board came together with members of the Council's Board of Directors to review programs and discuss plans for 2018. 

March 6: Why 2018 Will Make 2017 Seem Tame
Two of Washington's leading political strategists and analysts, Bruce P. Mehlman and David Castagnetti, made a presentation on U.S. electoral politics in the year ahead. 

April 23: Educational Excursion to Leesburg, Virginia
The Council sponsored an educational excursion for international diplomats to Leesburg, Virginia. During this 70th anniversary year of the Marshall Plan, the program featured a visit to the George C. Marshall International Center and General Marshall's home. The group also explored Historic Downtown Leesburg and went on an enslaved community tour at the Oatlands Historic House & Gardens. 

May 3: The Washington Nationals vs. The Pittsburgh Pirates
The Council took a break from politics and foreign policy to host international diplomats for a lecture on baseball ("America's National Pastime") and a Major-League game at Washington's Nationals Park. 

May 24: Listening to the Young Generation
The Council hosted a Young Leaders Forum Luncheon and Panel Discussion of four outstanding students from American University who shared their perspectives on the world and the challenges we face. This program was introduced by South Africa's Ambassador Mahlangu and organized by Dr. Cecilia Nahon from the American University faculty and formerly Argentina's Ambassador to the United States. 

June 14: Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism
Dr. Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group, presented themes of his latest book, "Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism" and discussed the implications with the Council. 

July 31: The Foreign Policy of the Trump Presidency: An Interpretation and Perspective
Dr. Matthew Kroenig, Associate Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, presented a lecture on President Trump's foreign policy strategy and priorities. 

September 5: Educational and Cultural Affairs: An Overview of State Department Activities
Assistant Secretary Marie Royce met with the Council and discussed her plans, programs and priorities for activities in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department. 

September 28: The 2018 U.S. Congressional Elections
Political writer Charles E. Cook, Jr., Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, spoke to the Council about the outlook, issues and significance of the upcoming November elections.

October 10: AEI Election Watch: The 2018 Contests
The Council cooperated with program sponsor The American Enterprise Institute to invite foreign diplomats to a briefing in the closing days of the 2018 U.S. congressional elections.

October 12: The World Today and the U.S.-China Relationship: A Provocative Assessment
Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Singapore’s former Ambassador to the United Nations, presented perspectives on current issues in world affairs.

October 30: Business, Politics and Policy in the World Today
Joshua Bolten, President and CEO of the Business Roundtable and former White House Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, spoke with foreign diplomats about business and the public policy environment in Washington.