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The Annual Arnold A. Saltzman Forum: "The Role of Diplomacy in a Changing World"

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1501

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents:

The Annual Arnold A. Saltzman Forum: "The Role of Diplomacy in a Changing World"

featuring Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

with Professor Jean-Marie Guehenno
Arnold Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
Director, CICR
Associate Director, SIWPS

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY 10027

The Saltzman Forum is an annual event held in honor of Ambassador Arnold A. Saltzman. Each year, the Saltzman Forum touches on one issue or region of global importance and examines its political and security implications.

Bios:
Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, currently Vice Chairman at Hills and Company which provides advice and counsel to a number of major US enterprises, retired as Senior Vice President International Relations and a member of the Executive Council of The Boeing Company on July 1, 2006. He served in that position for 5 and one half years. He was responsible for The Boeing Company's relations with foreign governments and the company's globalization.

Pickering joined Boeing in January 2001, upon his retirement as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, where he had served since May 1997. Prior to that, he was briefly the president of the Eurasia Foundation, a Washington-based organization that makes small grants and loans in the states of the former Soviet Union. Pickering holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Pickering also served on assignments in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

From 1989 to 1992, he was Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York. He also served as Executive Secretary of the Department of State and Special Assistant to Secretaries William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger from 1973 to 1974.

Professor Jean-Marie Guhenno is Director of the Center of International Conflict Resolution. He also serves as Associate Director of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies at SIPA, directs the Schools International Conflict Resolution specialization, and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Guhenno previously served as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations from 2000-2008. In that role, he led the largest expansion of peacekeeping in the history of the UN, overseeing approximately 130,000 staff on eighteen missions. Before joining the United Nations, Guhenno served as director of policy planning in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassador to the Western European Union, and chairman of the French Institute of Higher Defense Studies.

Ambassador Arnold A. Saltzman has served five Presidents in a wide range of policy-level diplomatic and economic assignments, and received a Presidential Commendation for his efforts on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Saltzman has carried out diplomatic assignments in former Czechoslovakia, the former Soviet Union, South America, Central America, and Austria. The Ambassador has served the government in the Office of Price Stabilization, Procurement Policy Board, Office of Economic Opportunity, and Agency for International Development, and was the Chairman of the Federal Blue Ribbon Commission on National Growth and Development. The Ambassador was also the Advisor to the New York State Congressional Delegation in Washington and Chairman of the Speakers Committee of the Assembly in Albany, New York. He is presently an advisor to presidents of republics of the former Soviet Union.

Ambassador Saltzman is Chairman of Windsor Production Corporation, retired CEO of Vista Resources, and a director in a number of charitable corporations. Among numerous not-for-profit activities he has served as President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Chairman of the Columbia College Board of Overseers and Columbia College Fund, and is a member of Columbia Universitys School of International and Public Affairs Board of Advisors. Ambassador Saltzman is a graduate of Columbia College, has received the Columbia University Medal, and holds honorary doctorates from Hofstra and Adelphi Universities. He also received the Order of Honor, the Republic of Georgias most prestigious decoration.