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Observing the 20th Anniversary of German Reunification: Impact on Diplomacy and the Foreign Service

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

General Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor, Ambassador Rozanne Ridgway, former Ambassador to East Germany, and Marvin Kalb, former Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for NBC News discuss the German reunification process and how the historic events of 1990 impacted the Foreign Service, foreign policy, diplomacy and commerce.

Marvin Kalb, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice, Emeritus, and Senior Fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, was the Shorenstein Centers Founding Director and Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press and Public Policy (1987 to 1999). He was also recipient of the 2006 National Press Club Fourth Estate Award. His distinguished journalism career encompasses 30 years of award-winning reporting for CBS and *NBC News*, as Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, and host of *Meet the Press*. Kalb has authored or coauthored 10 nonfiction books and two best-selling novels. His most recent book, *The Media and the War on Terrorism* (coedited with Stephen Hess), explores the interaction between the government and the media during times of war and national emergency. Kalb is currently writing a history of the impact of the Vietnam War on American presidential politics. He hosts *the Kalb Report*, a discussion of media ethics and responsibility at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and he is a regular contributor to Fox television and National Public Radio.
Brent Scowcroft has served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. From 1982 to 1989, he was Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. In this capacity, he advised and assisted a wide range of U.S. and foreign corporate leaders on global joint venture opportunities, strategic planning, and risk assessment. His prior extraordinary twenty-nine-year military career began with graduation from West Point and concluded at the rank of Lieutenant General following service as the Deputy National Security Advisor. His Air Force service included Professor of Russian History at West Point; Assistant Air Attaché in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; Head of the Political Science Department at the Air Force Academy; Air Force Long Range Plans; Office of the Secretary of Defense International Security Assistance; Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Military Assistant to President Nixon. Out of uniform, he continued in a public policy capacity by serving on the President's Advisory Committee on Arms Control, the Commission on Strategic Forces, and the President's Special Review Board, also known as the Tower Commission. He currently serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. He earned his masters and doctorate in international relations from Columbia University.
Ambassador Rozanne "Roz" L. Ridgway was a career diplomat for 32 years, serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic from 1982 to 1985 and as the U.S. Ambassador to Finland from 1977 to 1980. She capped her career as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs from 1985 to 1989. From 1989 to 1996, she was President and then Co-Chairman of the Atlantic Council of the U.S., a non-partisan network promoting constructive U.S. leadership and engagement in international affairs. In 1998, she was elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame. Ridgway is currently a member of the Board of Directors for 3M, The Boeing Company, Sara Lee Corporation, Emerson Electric Co. and the New Perspective Fund. She is also a Trustee for the Brookings Institution, the George C. Marshall Foundation, the National Geographic Society and Hamline University, her alma mater in St. Paul, Minnesota.