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2019 U.S. Foreign Policy Update

January 16 @ 6:00 pm CST

/ $10 – $20

Online registration is closed. Questions? Please contact us at 612.625.1662.

Join us for the ever-popular annual U.S. Foreign Policy Update with Diplomat in Residence and former career Foreign Service Officer, Tom Hanson. Tom will explore and explain the latest foreign policy developments, trends, and challenges facing the U.S. in the upcoming year, including the rise of populism in Europe, The Middle East, nuclear negotiations, trade with China, and the U.S.-Mexico relationship. This timely and thought-provoking presentation is recommended for anyone interested in international relations.

Tom Hanson currently serves as Diplomat in Residence at the Alworth Institute for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. His U.S. Foreign Service postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. He also participated in the opening of new U.S. embassies in Mongolia and Estonia, worked on the Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and served as director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. A member of Global Minnesota’s Great Decisions advisory committee, Tom speaks frequently on international issues and contributes to local and international media. He is also a board member of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas, and the Cultural Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; the Institute of Advanced International Studies in Switzerland; and the National School of Administration in France.

Event Details

  • New venue! This year’s update will take place at the Coffman Theater in the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union. See below for location and directions.
  • Advance registration is required. Event vouchers accepted.

Post-Event Reception Celebrating Carol

All attendees are invited to a special post-event reception to honor Global Minnesota President Carol Engebretson Byrne and her years of outstanding leadership. The reception will take place in the atrium outside of the Coffman Theater immediately following Tom Hanson’s presentation.

Presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


January 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10 – $20


Global Minnesota


Check-in Time
5:30 pm
Program Time
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost for Global Minnesota Members
Cost for Nonmembers
Refund Policy
Global Minnesota is unable to offer refunds for paid events less than a week prior to the event. Thank you for your understanding.


Coffman Theater – University of Minnesota
300 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
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