Korbel School and World Denver Host International Diplomats
The Josef Korbel School of International Studies and World Denver, two leading Denver-based international affairs institutions, hosted a large group of State Department sponsored visitors for a lunch event on February 23rd. Participants at the event — international diplomats, politicians, and civic leaders from countries such as Senegal and Mongolia — discussed the most pressing foreign affairs issues of the day. Topics ranged from nuclear non-proliferation to violent extremism.
The event initiates a three-week tour for the group that will include professional appointments and cultural activities in Washington, D.C. and three cities, including Denver. Selected visitors were nominated by U.S. diplomats overseas in a highly competitive process. Historically, many participants in the program go on to obtain upper-level leadership positions in government and other institutions.
“Josef Korbel, a refugee from the Czech Republic who helped found this school, and his daughter, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, always placed the open exchange of ideas between citizens and leaders from around the world as a priority in developing opinions and in designing effective foreign policy – they would both be thrilled to see today’s exchange,” said Pardis Mahdavi, acting dean of the Korbel School, in her remarks.
“Denver is a city rich with people from so many fields interested in discussing, influencing, and taking part in these types of discussions. We hope events like these keep our local community engaged, intellectually and professionally, on the range of global issues that we both impact and are impacted by,” Mahdavi continued.
“I am so glad that our students, who will be the diplomats and foreign policy experts for the next generation, have a chance to make meaningful professional connections with rising leaders from around the world,” said Joe Livingston, assistant director for the Office of Careers and Professional Development at the Korbel School and an organizer of the event.
“Our students are the life blood of this institution and they are the future international affairs experts, diplomats, humanitarians, development specialists, and security officials that will influence foreign policy and programs over the next generation. We hope that some of the connections made today endure to form a lasting professional network between leaders in the U.S. and abroad,” said Mahdavi.