Making a Stand: U.S. leadership in emerging crises

By Erin Schaick
Tuesday, March 12, 2013


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Ambassador Rick Barton is the Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization

As part of its commitment to local and international education, the University of New Hampshire Manchester is proud to present its fall World Affairs Council lecture series, , Power Shift: Disruption & Transition Reshaping the World.

This Headline Speaker Series is part of efforts by World Affairs Councils of America to engage Americans in the six top national security issues facing our country: US Economic Competitiveness; Afghanistan/Pakistan; US Education: Competing Globally; China; Middle East; and US Energy Policy.

The next presentation is Thursday, March 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and is titled, “Making a Stand: U.S. Leadership in Emerging Crises” by Ambassador Rick Barton, Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations of the U.S. State Department. The last presentation titled "Understanding Muslim Societies" will be held at UNH Manchester on April 24. Find out more information on our website.

Ambassador Rick Barton is the Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. His newly-established office focuses on civilian-led peace and security efforts in volatile situations across the world.

Prior to this, Ambassador Barton served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, as well as Co-Director of the Post-Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was Deputy High Director of the United Nations Refugee Agency in Geneva, Switzerland and the Founding Director of the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives. Ambassador Barton taught at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School for five years, where he was Frederick Schultz Professor. He served on the Smart Power Commission as expert to the Iraq Study group and led conflict-related work groups at the U.S. Institute of Peace and Princeton Project on National Security. The son of American Diplomats, Ambassador Barton has lived in Argentina, Spain, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Mexico.

All events are free and open to the public, although advanced registration is encouraged online at www.wacnh.org. For more information, to register, or for special accommodations at the event call 603-314-7970 or email council@wacnh.org.

The series is coordinated by the World Affairs Council of NH in partnership with UNH Manchester’s history, humanities and politics and society programs.