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2016 Chronology of Programs and Activities

January 8: The Year Ahead: Politics and Policies in Washington
2016 began with one of the Council’s traditional and most popular programs, a lecture by Dr. Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute.  Dr. Ornstein, a widely respected political analyst, focused his remarks on the 2016 national elections and the Washington policy agenda. 

January 15: 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 2016.

February 26: International Trade Policy: Perspectives on the Agenda Ahead
National Foreign Trade Council President William Reinsch addressed the Council on the international trade agenda in 2016, including prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).

March 24: The Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy Legacy and the U.S. Presidential Elections: What Lies Ahead?
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Robert Hunter presented a talk exploring the linkages and ramifications of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy legacy and the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections. 

April 19: The 2016 U.S. Elections
Political writer Charles E. Cook, Jr., Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, spoke to the Council about the 2016 U.S. elections and the prospects of the leading candidates.

May 4: AEI Election Watch: Delegates, Drama, and Campaign Dynamics in 2016
The Council was pleased to cooperate with program sponsor The American Enterprise Institute and invite foreign diplomats to a briefing on the upcoming U.S. Presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial elections.

May 13: Understanding Presidential Election Politics, the Primary and Convention Process, and the American Voter
Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, experts on the inner-workings of Washington politics, shared their insights with diplomats.

June 15: The Washington Nationals vs. The Chicago Cubs
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.  The game was one of the most exciting of the season, with the Washington Nationals beating the Chicago Cubs in 12 innings.

July 21: Reception Honoring Newly-Assigned Economic Officers
The State Department invited the Council to participate in a special reception honoring newly-assigned economic officers heading to Embassies around the world and Lawrence S. Eagleburger Fellows placed by the Executive Council in corporate training assignments.

August: Lawrence S. Eagleburger Fellowship for American Foreign Service Officers
Five U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers were placed in educational training assignments through the Lawrence S. Eagleburger Fellowship.  This program gives American Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) first-hand experience in a global business environment.  Since 1986, the Executive Council has placed more than 50 FSOs in one-year assignments with major U.S. corporations.

August 11: The Federal Reserve and Current Issues for the U.S. and World Economies
Ambassadors, senior diplomats, and private sector representatives participated in a Special Discussion at the Federal Reserve with Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer.  The group discussed current economic issues and trends, including globalization, the prospects for global economic growth, the effects of low interest rates, and the implications of Brexit.

September 20: How Washington Works: Perspectives on the Executive Branch and Congress at a Time of Presidential Transition
The Council held an educational briefing program in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.  The program provided international diplomats with perspectives on how international and economic policies are made in Washington, and how a Presidential transition is carried out.  Speakers were: ECD Board Member Robert Moran of Halliburton Corporation; Dr. Kent Hughes of the Wilson Center; The Honorable Richard Boucher, former U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State; Mark Webber of Lockheed Martin; Donald Wolfensberger of the Wilson Center; and Jolene Tan of the Singapore Embassy.

October 25: AEI Election Watch: The 2016 Endgame
The Council cooperated with program sponsor The American Enterprise Institute and invited foreign diplomats to a briefing in the closing days of the 2016 presidential election.

November 10: AEI Election Watch: What Happened and What’s Next
The final American Enterprise Institute Election Watch Program analyzed the results of the election.  The Council again invited foreign diplomats to participate.

November 29: Outside the Beltway: Lessons from the 2016 Campaign Trail
Former Congressman Toby Roth shared with the Council his experiences and insights gained from meeting with voters in the key states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin during the 2016 presidential election.

 

2015 Chronology of Programs and Activities

February 9: 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 2014 programs and discuss plans for 2015.

February 20: International Trade Policy: Perspectives on the Agenda Ahead
The Honorable William Reinsch, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and former Under Secretary of Commerce, addressed the Council on the active international trade agenda expected in 2015, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations, and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

March 13: The U.S. Economy and the Federal Budget: Outlook for 2015
Matthew Salomon, Chief Economist for the United States Congressional Joint Economic Committee (Majority Staff), briefed foreign diplomats on the outlook for the U.S. economy and federal budget issues. Topics included the outlook for the budget deficit and economic growth, and monetary and fiscal policies in the year ahead.

April 10: Top Risks 2015
In cooperation with the Washington International Business Council, ECD hosted the Eurasia Group’s Chairman and Practice Head for Eurasia and Iran Mr. Cliff Kupchan.  He addressed the Eurasia Group’s Annual Report “Top Risks 2015” that was prepared for global investors. The report highlights challenging political and geopolitical stress points for the year ahead, including Europe, Russia, ISIS, and Taiwan/China.

April 16: The OECD’s Role in Global Economic Governance
The Council was honored to host a Luncheon Lecture and Discussion Program with The Honorable Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.  The Secretary General reviewed global economic policy and governance issues, including G7/G20, trade and investment, engagement with non-members, and tax policy.

May 11: The Corporate Investment Decision
A panel of business executives offered insights on how companies make decisions on investments and what factors contribute to successful global investments.  Panelists were: Carolyn Brehm of Procter & Gamble; Dr. Trevor Gunn of Medtronic; David Marchick of Carlyle Group; and Susan Schwab, Member of the Boards of Directors for Boeing, Caterpillar, and FedEx.

 

June 25:  The Washington Nationals vs. The Atlanta Braves
The Council hosted international diplomats for a lecture on America’s “National Pastime” – Baseball and a Major League Baseball game at Washington’s Nationals Park.

July 21: U.S. Foreign Policy: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
Ambassador Thomas Pickering spoke about strategic challenges and new developments affecting U.S. foreign policy goals and choices.  Ambassador Pickering is a member of the Council’s Ambassadors Advisory Board. His distinguished career has included service as U.S. Ambassador to India, Russia, and the United Nations and as Deputy Secretary of State.

July 29: Reception Honoring the Leadership of the Council’s Board of Directors
Ambassador of Singapore Ashok Kumar Mirpuri hosted a reception honoring Mr. Yancy Molnar, outgoing Chairman of the Executive Council, and the new leadership of the Council’s Board of Directors, Mr. Philip Vaughn and Ms. Carolyn Brehm.

September: Lawrence S. Eagleburger Fellowship for American Foreign Service Officers
The Council placed five U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers in educational training assignments.  The Lawrence S. Eagleburger Fellowship gives American Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) first-hand experience in a global business environment.  Since 1986, the Executive Council has placed more than 50 FSOs in one-year assignments with major U.S. corporations.

September 10: The Global Economy: Issues Relating to Labor and Employment
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the Council on organized labor’s perspective on the global economy and international economic policies.

October 23: The American Civil War: A Visit to Antietam National Battlefield & Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
The Council sponsored an educational excursion for international diplomats to visit Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland and Harpers Ferry in West Virginia, where they learned about the history of the American Civil War and the important events that took place at these locations.

November 4: The United Nations Conference on Climate Change
His Excellency Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, spoke about the UN Climate Change Conference held in Paris November 30 – December 11.

November 6: AEI Election Watch: The 2016 Contest, One Year Out
The Council was pleased to cooperate with program sponsor The American Enterprise Institute and invite foreign diplomats to a briefing on the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election.

November 13: The Federal Reserve and Current Issues for the U.S. and World Economies
Ambassadors, senior diplomats, and private sector representatives participated in a Special Discussion at the Federal Reserve with Chair Janet Yellen.  This was the eighth consecutive year that a group from the Council has visited the Federal Reserve for a meeting with the Chair. 

December 3: The Supreme Court and Its Role in American Government
A Council program at the U.S. Supreme Court gave Ambassadors and senior foreign diplomats the opportunity to meet with Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.  Justice Breyer discussed the important role of the Court in the U.S. constitutional system and his book The Court and the World.

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The Council organizes an annual program in New York’s financial district to help foreign diplomats understand Wall Street and the financial system.

Caravan for Diplomats program visits the historic Gettysburg Battlefield and site of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.

Foreign diplomats and Americans build teamwork and friendship while river rafting in West Virginia.

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