Ambassador Series

 

Since 2001, the Vermont Council on World Affairs has a proud tradition of welcoming distinguished diplomats, who come to Vermont to exchange views on issues of international importance. They speak at large public venues as well as at smaller, more intimate meetings with time for personal interaction and discussion.

Vermonters interested in understanding the ever-changing and increasingly connected world in which they live benefit from the opportunity to hear directly from global leaders. At the same time, Vermont is attractive to leaders of this level of achievement because it is increasingly on the world map as an incubator for cutting-edge programs in a number of areas such as energy, the environment and community-building, and as a place where the citizenry is informed and engaged and where public and private sector leaders are committed and accessible.

Building on its distinguished tradition as the leading foreign-affairs non-profit organization in the state, the Vermont Council on World Affairs seeks support for this unique program.

 
H.E. Gary Doer, Canadian
Ambassador to the U.S., speaks with former Governor and Ambassador Kunin and Roger Stone

H.E.Ashok Kumar Mirpuri,
Ambassador of Singapore to the U.S.,
and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
H.E.Maen Rashid Areikat,
Ambassador of the PLO to the U.S.,
and Champlain College President Don Laackman

The Ambassador Series

 "During my trip to Vermont I had the opportunity to address the state legislature, meet with students and teachers, and thank Vermont’s National Guard for their sacrifices and role in fighting for democracy in Iraq.  The Vermont Council on World Affairs makes an important contribution to our public discourse by sponsoring trips like this because it is vitally important to have an open exchange of ideas on issues of international importance.”

   -H.E. Samir Sumaida'ie, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States

"Norway and Vermont are faced with many of the same political concerns, spanning from energy and environmental issues to health and pension reforms. My visit to Vermont taught me a great deal about our common challenges.“

     -H.E. Wegger Christian Strømmen, Ambassador of Norway to the United States

Speakers since 2001 have included:

H.E. Eerik Marmei, Ambassador of Estonia to the United States (2015)
H.E. Johnnie Carson, former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe (2015)
H.E. James Smith, Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudia Arabia (2014)

Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, Ambassador of the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States (2014)
Ambassador Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the United States (2014)
Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the United States (2013)
Ambassador Zoran Jolevski, Ambassador of Macedonia to the United States (2013)
Ambassador François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States (2012)
Ambassador Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States (2012)
Ambassador Petr Gandalovič, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States (2012)
Ambassador Claudia Fritsche, Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United States (2011)

Qubad Talabani, Special Representative of the Regional Government of Kurdistan to the U.S. (2011)
Ambassador Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida'ie, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States (2011)
Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to China (2010 webinar)
Ambassador Wegger Christian Strømmen, Ambassador of Norway to the United States (2010)
Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead, former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka (2010)
Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to the United States (2010)
Ambassador Peter Galbraith (2010), former U.S. Amb. to Croatia and U.N. Special Envoy to Afghanistan
Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of Morocco to the United States (2009)
Ambassador Pekka Lintu, Ambassasor of Finland to the United States (2008)
Ambassador Madeleine Kunin, former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland (2007, 2008)
Ambassador Dennis Hays, former U.S. Ambassador to Suriname (2007)
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador of China to the United States (2006)
Ambassador Barbara Masakela, Ambassador of South Africa to the United States (2005)
Ambassador William Harrop, former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Israel
Ambassador Ron Spiers, Career Amb. and former Undersecretary General of the U.N. (2004, 2005)
Ambassador Juan Carlos Vignaud, Ambassador of Argentina to the United States (2002)
Ambassador Sung-Chul Yung, Ambassador of South Korea to the United States (2001)