An Interview with Ambassador Frederick Barton
led by Dr. Matthew Shank
Ambassador Rick Barton teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he serves as a co-director of Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative and Ullman Fellowships.
Barton started USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, and was America’s ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in New York, the UN’s Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
He led conflict management initiatives in over 40 crisis zones across the globe, from Haiti, Iraq, Nigeria, Burma, Pakistan to Turkey. Published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, The Boston Globe, and numerous other international outlets, Barton is a guest on news shows ranging from NPR to all of the major networks.
His 2018 book, Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis to offer an affirmative approach to foreign affairs through concrete and attainable solutions.
A signed copy of Ambassador Barton’s “Peace Works” is available for purchase after the program. To secure your copy you may also pre-order the book when you register for the event below.
“Part memoir and part scholarly study, this book provides one of the most thoughtful reflections yet on U.S. interventionism and peacemaking since the end of the Cold War. Drawing on his years as a diplomat, Barton argues that although the United States has stumbled badly in humanitarian interventions, it should not abandon the task but rather go about it in new ways, working with local groups and staying in the background…”
Dr. Matthew Shank became President of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC) in January, 2019. Prior to this, Dr. Shank served as the interim President of the World Affairs Council – DC. Between 2011 and 2018, Dr. Shank was Marymount University’s president, before stepping down down to become President Emeritus.
In recognition of his work at Marymount, Dr. Shank received the 2012 Global Education Leadership Award from the World Affairs Council and the WAC– DC Global Educator of the Year Award in 2017. He has also received the Robert Ball Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ballston Business Improvement District in 2018, the Edu-Futuro Community Partner Award in 2017 and earned the distinction of Visiting Distinguished Professor – National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary in 2016.
Dr. Shank currently serves on a variety of non-profit boards such as Arlington Free Clinic; Arlington Public Schools; American University in the Emirates, Dubai; and others. An accomplished scholar, Dr. Shank has published numerous articles, presented at many conferences, and is the author of the book Sports Marketing: A Strategic Perspective (5th Edition). He has consulted with over 75 organizations in the areas of marketing research, strategic planning, and marketing strategy.
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5:00 PM: Registration and Cash Bar opens
5:45 PM: Program begins
7:00 PM: Book-Signing
This Program will take place in the Empire Room, but the location may be subject to last-minute changes.
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