Department of State is focus of first InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture in new class year


The first lecture for academic year 2019 of the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series will be conducted at 12:30 p.m., Aug. 27, in the Arnold Conference Room in the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth. Career Foreign Service Officer Matthew P. Roth will lead a discussion on the United States Department of State.

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, encompassing political, economic and social considerations.

Download the flyer for this lecture.

Matthew Roth is the Commandant’s Distinguished Chair for Diplomatic Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 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. Prior to 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 degree in Public Administration with a specialization in urban planning and city/local government from the University of Kansas, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Latin American Area Studies from the same institution. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, German and Italian.

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.

Members of the public coming to the lectures from off-post will need to add extra time to check-in at the Fort Leavenworth visitor center. – For gate information, see the Fort Leavenworth homepage.

This series is co-hosted by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School (CGSS). The InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series is an extracurricular, interagency topic-focused series that is intended to help enrich the CGSS curriculum. The presentations are scheduled each month. The CGSC Foundation and the Simons Center have received support for all brown-bag lectures in academic year 2019 from First Command Financial Services in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Download the schedule for all upcoming InterAgency Brown-Bag Lectures in academic year 2019.

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