Second term U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee is the ranking Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As such his views on global issues are illuminated by the extensive briefings, hearings, and travel required to fulfill his responsibilities, described in the committee’s history:
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was established in 1816 as one of the original ten standing committees of the Senate. Throughout its history, the committee has been instrumental in developing and influencing United States foreign policy, at different times supporting and opposing the policies of presidents and secretaries of state. The committee has considered, debated, and reported important treaties and legislation, ranging from the purchase of Alaska in 1867 to the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. It also holds jurisdiction over all diplomatic nominations. Through these powers, the committee has helped shape foreign policy of broad significance, in matters of war and peace and international relations. Members of the committee have assisted in the negotiation of treaties, and at times have helped to defeat treaties they felt were not in the national interest.
On August 22, 2013, Senator Corker shared his insights and perspectives on US global leadership and a review of current world hotspots and issues, at a luncheon organized by the US Global Leadership Coalition, a non-profit network that seeks to support “a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.”
Today we present a video from the event featuring a number of speakers and an introduction of Senator Corker by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.
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Jim Frierson, Founder Compass Innovation; Pastor Dan Scott; Senior Pastor, Christ Church Nashville; Liz Schrayer, Executive Director, US Global Leadership Coalition; Wayne Culbreath, US Army Veteran, Operation Iraqi Freedom; Wes Blumenshine, General Counsel, Caterpillar Financial; Hon. Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee; Hon Bob Corker, US Senate; Moderator: David Brody, Christian Broadcasting Network; George Ingram, Chairman Emeritus, USGLC.
The mission of the Tennessee World Affairs Council is: To promote, on a non-partisan basis, understanding of important international issues.