University of Northern Iowa

UNI Diplomat Series

Spring 2014

Rev. Shoken Winecoff
Head Abbot at the Ryumonji Monastary 

Diplomacy and Religion
Rev. Winecoff presented on the role that religion has played in diplomacy in the past and present, and how individuals can become better diplomats in their everyday lives.  

Fall 2013

Peter Jahr
Member of the European Parliament

Renewable Engergies- What we should (not) learn from the European Union
Dr. Jahr will delivered a lecture on the subject of renewable energy and conservation in the European Union and how the European Parliament is assisting those efforts.

Spring 2013

 Roberto Matus
Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Chile Minister Counselor

Chile: a Road to Development
Deputy Chief Matus discussed the model of economic development that Chile has applied for more than 30 years and how it has impacted the political, economic and social structure of the country; and provide a brief analysis of how this process has defined the relationship between Chile and the US and why this is considered to be successful for both countries.  

Fall 2012

Baushuan Ger
Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago

Taiwan—A Strong Partner of the U.S. in East Asia
Director General Ger discussed Taiwan-U.S. relations, the Cross-Straits Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement and its impact, and Taiwan’s role in promoting trade and regional economic integration.

Spring 2012

Thomas Schnöll
Consul General of Austria in Chicago

The Future of the Eurozone: The European Project at a Crossroads
Consul General Schnöll discussed the role of smaller states in the European Community and in addressing the Euro crisis.

Fall 2011

Ronald K. McMullen
US Ambassador and Diplomat-in-Residence at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas

America's Foreign Policy Challenges: Where do You Cross the Line?
Ambassador McMullen discussed the diplomatic challenges facing the United States and argued for a greater US Department of State role in managing US national building activities.