Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum continues its 30th season on Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center.

Join the discussion as Ambassador (ret.) Susan D. Page addresses the structural difficulties Africa faces for the future, including refugee crises, famine, terrorism, foreign influence by Russia & China, and more. This is an in-person event with online livestream available. All NMC students, faculty, and staff are free to attend.

Ambassador Susan Page NMC International Affairs Forum

Amb. Susan D. Page is the Director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center & Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan Law School. She has deep expertise in international relations, particularly in Africa. Her senior level roles have included Assistant Secretary General/Special Adviser on Rule of Law, Global Focal Point Review Implementation, Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) to the United Nations Mission for Justice Support to Haiti (MINUJUSTH), first U.S. Ambassador to newly independent South Sudan, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to the African Union, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, key adviser to the peace process that resolved Africa’s longest-running civil war through international mediation, head of rule of law programs for the UN, and a foreign service regional legal advisor and political of ficer in East, Central, and Southern Africa.

Stan Otto, a former senior U.S. diplomat and current IAF Board co-chair, will moderate the discussion. Otto was a senior diplomat in the State Department with 40 years expertise in promoting international cooperation and understanding, including policy planning, negotiating and management in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to the Foreign Service, he was a Fulbright lecturer in Taiwan and taught at universities in Iran and Egypt. He also served in the Peace Corps in Morocco and Cameroon.

This event is open to the public and available to livestream online. Admission is $15 per person or free for students and educators. The event includes a welcome reception with appetizers at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to her NMC engagement, Amb. Page has agreed to present to area secondary school students on Friday, Oct. 6. NMC IAF will host the session for 200+ students, including extended Q & A with the Ambassador.

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