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On Tuesday May 14, 2019, the anniversary of the 1955 signing of the Warsaw Pact, the International Law Institute (ILI), in cooperation with the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies (IUCTS), the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies, and the Center for National Security Law of the University of Virginia Law School, hosted a Special Ambassador’s Forum on “The Role of Diplomacy in the World’s Future.” With opening remarks from ILI Chairman Don Wallace and moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander of IUCTS and Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Ray, the panel included Ambassador (Ret). Ronald Neumann, Ambassador (Ret.) Lino Gutierrez, New Zealand Ambassador to the U.S. Rosemary Banks, and Dr. Mir Sadat, Director of Defense and Space Policy, U.S. National Security Council. General [Ret.] Alfred Gray, Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Baord of Regents at the Potomac Institute presented concluding remarks and provided unique perspectives on these critial global issues and strategies.

Notable points discussed included the significance of both individual and state actors in the global arena, the enduring importance of the classic responsibilities of diplomacy, the new challenges diplomacy faces, the inseparability of politics and economics, the strategic importance of space, and the need for better educating the public about the work of diplomats. The International Law Institute appreciates the participation of the panelists and attendees and looks forward to further events with these institutional partners.


IUCTS May 14 2019 Event