Can the U.S. Restore Its Global Leadership?

As part of the Humphrey School's Summer Seminar Series, this virtual event on global policy features Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin in conversation with current MPP student Isaac Russell and alumnus JR Swanson (MPP '20). 

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Mary T. Curtin, PhD, a Minnesota native, joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota as diplomat-in-residence in 2013 after a 25-year career as a Department of State Foreign Service Officer. As diplomat-in-residence, she teaches courses in foreign policy and diplomacy and serves as coordinator for the Humphrey School's global policy area. 

Isaac Russell is a third-year Master of Public Policy Student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Legislative Assistant for Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent. Isaac’s research interests include great power politics, international relations theory, foreign policy, and American–Russian relations. Currently, Isaac is engaged in preliminary research looking at Serbia’s foreign policy within the Balkan region. When not studying, Isaac enjoys Brazilian Jiujitsu and his family.

JR Swanson is a 2020 Master of Public Policy graduate from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. During his time at the Humphrey School, he focused on issues related to global governance and U.S. foreign policy. His research interests centered around the challenges facing multilateral institutions, namely the United Nations, and how changing dynamics in the balance of power in the international political system impact U.S. national security. JR held a remote internship while in school with the Hudson Institute researching political–military affairs and spent his summer in Washington, DC as an intern with the Stimson Center's "Just Security 2020" program. He currently works as a Legislative Assistant for the Republican Caucus in the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he manages the legislative offices of two State Representatives. He hopes to continue working in the foreign policy and national security space after relocating to Washington, DC.

Headshots of Mary Curtin, Isaac Russell, and JR Swanson
July 30, 2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM