2011 March | UNA Greater Seattle Chapter

United Nations Association Greater Seattle Chapter

From Tripoli to Tehran: U.S. Multilateral Engagement in a Time of Upheaval – Featuring a Networking Reception with Legal Leaders from North Africa and the Middle East

March 16th, 2011 by UNA Seattle

Event Details


Dr. Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State featuring special delegation of legal leaders and specialists from North African and the Middle East

Date & Time

March 30, 2011 – 5:30pm

Registration Time

March 30, 2011 – 6:30pm



University of Washington School of Law

William H. Gates Hall, Rooms 115 & 138

Seattle, WA 98195

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  • Member: $10.00
  • Non-member: $15.00
  • Student: $10.00

Event Information

Location: http://www.washington.edu/maps/?l=LAW

NOTE: The pre-event reception  featuring Legal Leaders from North Africa and the Middle East is included in the cost of the event.

2011 has already witnessed the toppling of governments in Egypt and Tunisia, a sustained rebellion in Libya, and grassroots protests across North Africa, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and even into China.

How is the Obama Administration working through the United Nations to advance U.S. foreign policy goals in our rapidly changing world?

How has President Obama’s “era of engagement” changed U.S. multilateral diplomacy strategies and U.S. standing across the globe?

Why does U.S. diplomacy across the United Nations system matter?

The World Affairs Council presents Dr. Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, for an interactive discussion on, “The Value of Multilateral Engagement and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Time of Tumult.” Dr. Brimmer will address the Obama Administration’s approach to the United Nations and response to the rapidly changing political environment across North Africa and the Middle East. In addition, she will discuss the changing nature of U.S. diplomacy in the 21st century and the impact — and benefits — of multilateral engagement in an era of rapid globalization and change.

Dr. Brimmer’s address will be preceded by a networking reception with a special delegation of legal leaders and specialists across North Africa and the Middle East, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and the West Bank.

Dr. Esther Brimmer was nominated by President Obama to the position of Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations on March 11, 2009, and was confirmed to that position by the United States Senate on April 2, 2009. In her role as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Brimmer leads the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, which strives to advance U.S. interests through international organizations in areas including human rights, peacekeeping, food security, humanitarian relief, and climate change. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Brimmer was Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at The Johns Hopkins University. There she specialized in transatlantic political and security affairs. Dr. Brimmer’s previous government service included two years in the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning, where she worked on European Union, Western Europe, UN, and multilateral security issues. Dr. Brimmer was also a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in spring 2000. From 1993-1995 she served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. In that capacity she worked on UN, peacekeeping, human rights and political-military issues.

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