HHH Career Services and the Global Policy Area present: Traditions and Travails of the Foreign Service: Yesterday and Today William Davnie and Thomas Hanson.
Davnie and Hanson discuss the traditions of the Foreign Service from its founding to the current administration, as well as the historic travails in keeping a professional diplomatic service funded and staffed in the US. Changes in the Foreign Service under recent administrations, as well as plans for the expansion of the Foreign Service under the Obama Administration discussed. April 22, 2009.
William Davnie retired in 2007 after 26 years in the Foreign Service and having spent his final four months as Chief of Staff in the Office of Provincial Affairs, Embassy Baghdad, Iraq, working on the deployment of the "civilian surge". His posts include Thailand, Moscow, Tajikistan, Lithuania and Finland, and work in Washington, DC in intelligence analysis, counter-narcotics programs, and crisis management. He and his wife Charlotte moved to Minneapolis on his retirement. Thomas Hanson is a former career Foreign Service Officer. While with the U.S. Department of State his foreign postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and Georgia. He also assisted in opening new embassies in Mongolia and Estonia.
Mr. Hanson has also worked on the Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Most recently, he was Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. Currently he serves as Program Secretary of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations and as a lecturer/consultant for the Great Decisions program at the Minnesota International Center. He is an occasional foreign affairs commentator on Minnesota Public Radio. Mr. Hanson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in International Relations.