State Event: FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights

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State Event: FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights

U.S. Foreign Policy & National Security Priorities – Implications of the Midterm Elections

NSN recently co-sponsored an event at Florida State University featuring Ambassador Nancy Soderberg. Ambassador Soderberg spoke about the recent midterm elections and their implications for National Security and Foreign Policy. She began by discussing President Obama’s recent immigration action and the outlook for the new Congress on issues ranging from the Iran nuclear negotiations to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. She went on to talk about the NATO response to Russian aggression, as well as prospects for U.S. cooperation on a range of issues with China. She also discussed the Obama administration’s current strategy for combating the Islamic State and expressed her belief that the Iraqi army will only be capable of getting its territory under control if the situation in Syria improves. She touched on human rights and the U.S. role in the world, stressing the need for international cooperation as well as the need to improve conditions and increase prosperity for people throughout the world. She concluded by discussing the potential for closure of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo, and pointed out that federal prisons within the United States are perfectly capable of holding those detainees not already cleared for release.

Sponsored in cooperation with the National Security Network, FSU’s College of Law, Center for Global Engagement, the Broad Lecture Series within the College of Social Sciences & Public Policy, and OLLI.

Click here to view the original invitation. 


Friday, November 21, 2014
12:30-1:30 PM
College of Law Rotunda
425 W. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL


Ambassador Nancy Soderberg 

Nancy SoderbergNancy Soderberg is an American foreign policy strategist who held several senior level positions in the Clinton Administration, including Deputy National Security Advisor and Alternate Representative to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.

She resides in Jacksonville, FL, where she is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of North Florida, Director of UNF’s Public Service Leadership Program and President and CEO of Soderberg Global Solutions, an international consulting firm. She is an NSN Advisory Board member.



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Kerry and Zarif_11.23.14P5+1 Ministers pose for a 'family photo' amid Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna. U.S. Department of State Flickr, 11/24/14.