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Foreign Policy in Chautauqua With the American Foreign Service

Alongside ambassadors and foreign service officers, explore the complex issues of U.S. diplomacy, enjoying lectures and gaining insider knowledge.
Rating (4.56)
Program No. 6881RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649
New York

Foreign Policy in Chautauqua With the American Foreign Service

Alongside ambassadors and foreign service officers, explore the complex issues of U.S. diplomacy, enjoying lectures and gaining insider knowledge.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649
Length
6 days
Rating (4.56)
Starts at
1,649
Program No. 6881RJ

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No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
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Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
No transfer 1,649
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,749

DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
No transfer 1,779
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,879
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
No transfer 1,779
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,879

At a Glance

Examine the challenges facing U.S. diplomacy and the functions of embassies and consulates during this fascinating program designed in collaboration with the American Foreign Service Association. Investigate case studies and take part in expert-led discussions with retired diplomats. Spend the week with ambassadors and foreign service officers and their spouses in a wonderfully informal and friendly, yet very educational atmosphere. And take part in fascinating lectures, followed by Q & A sessions, as speakers share their wealth of expertise and experience on the world of foreign policy.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking through hotel and to meals. Handicap accessible shuttles to classes and entertainment.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Gain insight from Foreign Service experts on key issues, including peace in the Middle East and security in Europe.
  • Examine global-stability obstacles posed by developing nations' population growth, poverty and nuclear proliferation.
  • Ambassadors and veteran Foreign Service officers discuss America’s professional diplomats and how they assist U.S. citizens and protect U.S. interests in the world.

General Notes

Please check back around 3 months prior to the start of your program for a list of topics and instructors. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Airport transfer available at added cost.
Featured Expert
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Durwood Swanson
Durwood Swanson is the go-to expert for walking and bus explorations of the Chautauqua grounds, able to summon up facts at a moment’s notice. For instance, he’ll go into great detail to tell you when electricity arrived in Chautauqua (off and on between 1877-1908, he’ll explain). A former elementary school teacher and principal, Durwood is an enthusiastic and informative Group Leader.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Durwood Swanson is the go-to expert for walking and bus explorations of the Chautauqua grounds, able to summon up facts at a moment’s notice. For instance, he’ll go into great detail to tell you when electricity arrived in Chautauqua (off and on between 1877-1908, he’ll explain). A former elementary school teacher and principal, Durwood is an enthusiastic and informative Group Leader.
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Betty Lyons lives part of the year at Chautauqua and the remainder of the year in Souderton, Pennsylvania. A retired medical technician supervisor, Betty loves gardening and sits on the board of the Chautauqua Bird Tree & Garden Club. She has been a favorite Group Leader at Chautauqua for many years.
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Tom DeAngelo saw an intriguing road sign on Route I-86 while traveling from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to the mid-Hudson Valley of New York. His curiosity on that February day led to a multi-year relationship with Chautauqua Institution. He served in a variety of roles during his many years working in the Marlboro Central School District, including as an elementary principal. Tom enjoys southwestern Louisiana music, particularly while sipping a cocktail. Ask him about his personal connection with Greenhook Ginsmiths, a Brooklyn distillery.
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Philip A. Shull retired in 2016 after 31 years with the Foreign Agricultural Service. His interest in food security and international relations was sparked as a boy living in India where he saw severe malnutrition. Mr. Shull's work maximizing exports of U.S. food and agricultural products and promoting global food security included trade negotiations, capacity building, food safety, biotechnology, marketing and promotion, scientific exchange, and economic analysis. His overseas assignments included Korea, Argentina (including Uruguay and Paraguay), Hong Kong, Philippines, and three postings to China.
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Ambassador James Zumwalt is Chairman of the Japan America Society of Washington DC and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. With the State Department, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. While Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asia Affairs, he was responsible for Japan and Korea policy. He coordinated U.S. support for the Japanese government’s response to the crisis when the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011.
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Ambassador Eric Rubin was elected President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) after his recent posting as U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria. Joining the Foreign Service in 1985 after graduating from Yale, he started as a political and human rights officer in Honduras. He was assigned to the State Department’s Operations Center and worked in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs. He then served as security affairs officer for Central and Eastern Europe. Rubin left Washington in 1994 for Kiev, Ukraine, as Deputy Political Counselor.
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James Bever has served for 35 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He retired with the U.S. Senior Foreign Service rank of Career Minister in mid-2017, after acting as USAID Assistant Administrator for Legislative & Public Affairs. Mr. Bever has a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master of Science cCertificate in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cornell University.
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Mark Fitzpatrick is Executive Director of the Americas office of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Head of the institute’s Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Program. He previously worked for 26 years in the U.S. Department of State. Fitzpatrick earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His dissertation on Korean unification in 1991 at the Japanese National Institute of Defense was published in journals in Japan and South Korea.
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