Having served in government for 28 years, Richard Armitage has observed great leaders in action, and understands those things that clearly differentiate them from others. And like people, nations can also exhibit leadership, though sometimes nations seek to lead, and sometimes the mantle of leadership is thrust upon them. Armitage, a keen observer of leaders and countries on the world stage, discusses the current state of U.S. leadership in the world, with regard to the particularly interesting phenomenon in the international community: that most would prefer us not to lead, while simultaneously preferring no other leader.
As deputy secretary of state, Richard Armitage observed the special burden placed on the world’s only superpower during the last few years, and witnessed the variations of diplomacy that the U.S. had to practice in order to navigate the precarious world situation. In a thoughtful compelling presentation full of anecdotes and observations of history-making personalities, Armitage takes a snapshot of the world to come, points out potential landmines and speed bumps in our diplomatic future, and discusses the course of action necessary to avoid them.
Most experts agree that, just as the 20th Century was the period of America’s rise to pre-eminence in the world, the 21st Century will be dominated by the rise of China, as well as India. No doubt the emergence of these two economic powerhouses will cause measurable plate tectonics in the geopolitical world. However, the coming Asian Century need not be one which distresses us, however. Richard Armitage, former deputy secretary of state, addresses why we shouldn’t worry about the emergence of China and India, and points to our own success in the regions China and India are believed to dominate.
Perhaps the most challenging – and rewarding – aspect of working in the State Department is the ability to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need around the world. In a telling presentation, former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage discusses several examples of U.S. humanitarian assistance, detailing how such actions relate to both policy goals and our nature as a generous nation. He will specifically discuss both HIV/AIDS assistance and the Millennium Challenge Account, as well as traditional U.S. aid mechanisms, describing his own experiences as the coordinator for U.S. Assistance to the former Soviet Union.
Perhaps no part of the world has as much attention focused on it than the Middle East. And, as deputy secretary of state, it had Richard Armitage’s attention as well. As someone well versed in the tumultuous geopolitical landscape of the Middle East, Armitage knows the players and has helped shaped policy in that region. Armitage now shares with audiences the various factors at work in this dynamic region as winds of change blow through, discussing Islam and its present struggle with itself and describing the enigma that is Iran. As well, he’ll relate personal experiences with various leaders and countries throughout the Middle East.
Richard Armitage worked hand in hand with General Colin Powell to shape, direct and lead U.S. foreign policy during one of the most challenging eras in modern history.
As deputy secretary of state at a time of tremendous global tumult, Richard Armitage crafted foreign policy to handle unprecedented challenges. From taking on disease in Africa and confronting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in the War on Terror, to promoting peace and diplomacy in the Middle East and negotiating with members of the European Union on climate change, Armitage shows audiences his unmatched global perspective drawn from a lifetime of public service. A Vietnam War combat veteran and diplomat who shaped U.S. foreign policy in Asia, Armitage has a broad understanding of both the difficult past and untapped potential of this newly emerged force within our world. Currently president of Armitage International, Armitage has been engaged in a range of business and public policy endeavors all over the world. Armitage informs and engages as he contributes incisive analysis of how organizations and individual leaders can deal with challenges, prepare for a new world and develop a truly global perspective of their own.