2019 Keston Center Diplomatic Forum

On March 21, the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society, in partnership with the McBride Center for International Business, presented a Diplomatic Forum as part of the 2019 Global Business Forum. The forum featured three highly-respected leaders with broad international experience in diplomacy.

They included:

  • Joanne Held Cummings, Career Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Department of State, currently serving as Policy Advisor to the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve in Baghdad [full bio]
  • Colonel Paul Roush, Retired Colonel of the U.S. Marine Corps and Retired Professor of the U.S. Naval Academy who served as an Assistant Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1977-1980 during the time the Siberian Seven entered the compound. [full bio]
  • Roland H. Smith, Member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1967 to 2002, including posts as Deputy Ambassador to NATO (1992-95), Director for International Security in the Foreign Office (1995-98), and Ambassador to Ukraine (1999-2002). [full bio]

During the Diplomatic Forum, the speakers reflected on their experiences in diplomacy and the current international climate with a strong focus on ethics. The panel then engaged in a lively, moderated discussion with the large audience of more than 300.