• Interagency lectures resume

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  • Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation release
    The first lecture for academic year 2020 of the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series is at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Arnold Conference Room of the Lewis and Clark Center. Career Foreign Service Officer Matthew P. Roth will lead a discussion on the State Department.
    In the era of Twitter and the ever-shorter news cycle, American statecraft has continued apace while also undergoing fundamental change. This brown-bag discussion will broadly review the conduct of U.S. diplomacy in the current global environment, and encompass political, economic and social considerations.
    Roth is the Commandant’s Distinguished Chair for Diplomatic Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and is the Department of State liaison to the Combined Arms Center. His area of published research is the relationship between diplomatic and military actors and subnational governments. Before this assignment, Roth was the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. Over the course of more than two decades in the Foreign Service, he has served in Washington, D.C., and at embassies across Africa and Latin America.
    Roth has a master’s degree in public administration with a specialization in urban planning and city and local government from the University of Kansas, as well as a bachelor of arts in political science and Latin American area studies from KU. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, German and Italian.
    The InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series is co-hosted by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School. The monthly lectures are an extracurricular, interagency topic-focused series that is intended to help enrich the CGSS curriculum.
    The next lecture in the series is Sept. 24, with a focus on the U.S. government’s Space Policy and the “Space Force.”
    All lectures in the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series are free and open to the public. As the series moniker states, the lecture series is conducted in the traditional “brown-bag lunch” format — attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches into the conference room.
    The Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation was established April 21, 2010, as a major program of the CGSC Foundation Inc. The Simons Center is committed to the development of military leaders with interagency operational skills and an interagency body of knowledge that facilitates broader and more effective cooperation and policy implementation. Visit www.thesimonscenter.org.
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