Maria Otero: Smart Power in US Diplomacy
When: Wednesday, April 10 2013, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Where: Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Please join us for The Class of 1950 Senior Foreign Affairs Fellow Lecture with

Maria Otero, former Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights


The complex foreign relations challenges facing the United States require the savvy use of American power and influence. Human trafficking, conflicts over water, transnational crime, humanitarian disasters and the myriad of problems that threaten civilian security are multifaceted and defy simplistic remedies. Only through the smart application of American power can the U.S. hope to be an effective promoter of human rights and democracy around the world.


Bio Maria Otero was Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights from 2009-2013. In this capacity she oversaw and coordinated U.S. Foreign relations concerning a broad range of civilian security issues around the world, including democracy, human rights, refugees, human trafficking, crisis prevention and response, counter-narcotics, global criminal justice, rule of law and counterterrorism. She also served as the President's Special Representative for Tibetan issues. Prior to her public service, Ms. Otero was the President and CEO of ACCION International, an economic development organization working in 25 countries around the world. She has received many awards and honors, including an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Dartmouth.


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