Event: Feb 28 Seminar to Explore the Role of Congress in Making Foreign Policy

The Constitution provides power to both the President and the Congress in making United States foreign policy but it is not always clear who has the decisive voice and how the process works. The role Congress plays will be examined in a seminar featuring Dr. George Ingram, Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and long time House Foreign Affairs Committee senior staffer. The seminar will be hosted at Belmont University on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10 a.m.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council brings distinguished speakers from various international affairs specialties – government, business, scholars, military and others – to visit schools and organizations around the state to promote an understanding of important global issues.

Dr. Ingram’s Capitol Hill experience includes responsibility for international economic and development issues. He directed a year-long study of U.S. foreign assistance programs and drafted a full rewrite of the Foreign Assistance Act and statutes authorizing assistance to Eastern and Central Europe, the SEED Act, and to the Former Soviet Union, the Freedom Support Act. From 1995 to 1998 he served as VP of Citizens Democracy Corps, an NGO supporting business development in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern and Central Europe. Dr. Ingram has served at the Agency for International Development as the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator and at the Academy for Educational Development as Senior VP for Public Policy and later as interim President and CEO.

Dr. Ingram currently works with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition as Chairman Emeritus and is visiting Nashville to talk about its mission of strengthening America’s leadership in the world through a strategic investment in development and diplomacy. The Coalition is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.

The “Role of Congress” seminar, organized by the Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont’s Center for International Business, will be held in Room 114 of the McWhorter Building at Belmont. It is open to all Belmont students, faculty and staff, and to all members of the Tennessee World Affairs Council. Those interested in becoming members of the Council can register at the TNWAC.org web site or at the door of the seminar.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a non-profit, non-partisan, membership educational organization that seeks to promote global awareness in the community and especially in the schools. Among the Council’s efforts since it was founded in 2007 have been distinguished visiting speakers programs, academic competitions for high school students, teacher workshops, teacher study abroad programs, current affairs briefings and small group discussion programs. The Council, which receives no public funding, is operated by a small group of volunteers and it invites the public to support its work through memberships, sponsorships and volunteerism. More information is available online at: www.TNWAC.org.

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