Ambassador Reuben Brigety & Esther Brimmer
Thursday February 16, 2017 

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The World Affairs Council and Hampton University Event featuring Ambassador Reuben Brigety Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs and Ms. Esther Brimmer American foreign policy expert and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.
 6:00pm Program (no reception)
Armstrong Hall, Little Theater
Hampton University

  1. Why Attend
    Black History month is an opportunity to focus on the breadth and depth of the African American experience, honor the accomplishments of Black Americans, and celebrate the strength in our diversity as a nation.
  2. The topic
    With their wide array of experience on the international stage, Ambassador Brigety and Dr. Brimmer will take us through an exploration of how powerful African Americans have been in shaping the world.


  1. Esther Brimmer
    Esther Brimmer
    Bio Dr. Brimmer's career includes serving at the U.S. Department of State three times, most recently as the Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs in from April 2009 to June 2013. She was a member of the Policy Planning Staff from 1999-2001 and from 1993-1995 was special assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Dr. Brimmer served as the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs from 2013 through 2015. She was Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) from 2001-2009 and was a member of the SAIS faculty. She also taught at the College of Europe in Belgium. From 1995 – 1999 she was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. Earlier, she served on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Analyst for the Democratic Study Group in the U.S. House of Representatives. Immediately after earning her doctorate she spent two years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. She currently serves as an adjunct senior fellow for international institutions at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Brimmer has published several articles and monographs and edited eight books on transatlantic and international affairs.
  2. Amb. Reuben Brigety Dean
    Amb. Reuben Brigety Dean
    Bio Ambassador Brigety most recently served as the appointed Representative of the United States of America to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission for Africa in 2013. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Brigety served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2011 until 2013 with responsibility for Southern African and Regional Security Affairs. Before that, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. In this capacity, he supervised U.S. refugee programs in Africa, managed U.S. humanitarian diplomacy with major international partners, and oversaw the development of international migration policy. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Ambassador Brigety previously served as Director of the Sustainable Security Program at the Center for American Progress from 2008 to 2009 and as a Special Assistant in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2007 to 2008. From Nov. 2008 to Jan. 2009, he also served as a senior advisor for Development and Security to the U.S. Central Command Assessment Team in Washington and in Doha, Qatar. Prior to his work in the policy arena, Ambassador Brigety served as an assistant professor of government and politics at George Mason University and at the School of International Service at American University (Aug 2003 -Apr 2009). In addition, Ambassador Brigety was a researcher with the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) from August 2001- May 2003, where he conducted research missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Before joining HRW, Ambassador Brigety was an active duty U.S. naval officer and held several staff positions in the Pentagon and in fleet support units. Ambassador Brigety is a 1995 distinguished midshipman graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a B.S. in political science (with merit), served as the Brigade Commander and received the Thomas G. Pownall Scholarship. He also holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Cambridge, England. Ambassador Brigety is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a recipient of the Council’s International Affairs Fellowship.


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Armstrong Hall, Little Theater
Hampton University
100 E Queen St/Cemetary Blvd
Hampton, VA 23668