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BoiseCFR September Dinner Meeting

Date:            Wednesday, October, 17 2018 

Time:           Social hour 6:15 p.m.; dinner 7:00 p.m.

Place:          Riverside Hotel- Room TBD   (click for hotel room map)

Cost:            $25.00, including tax and tip. Please make checks payable to the Boise
                       Committee on Foreign Relations.

Speakers:            ACROSS THE POND IN THE FIELD - Discussions Featuring:
                                           (click above for information)

  • Ambassador Emily Haber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States
  • Ambassador Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States

  • Topic:          U.S. - Europe Relations

    Ambassador Emily Margarethe Haber , has been German Ambassador to the United States since June 2018.

    Immediately prior to this, Emily Haber, a career foreign service officer, was deployed to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, serving as State Secretary overseeing security and migration at the height of the refugee crisis in Europe. In this capacity, she worked closely with the US administration on topics ranging from the fight against international terrorism to global cyberattacks and cybersecurity. In 2009, she was appointed Political Director and, in 2011, State Secretary at the Foreign Office, the first woman to hold either post. Earlier in her career, she served at the German Embassy in Ankara; in Berlin, she has served as Deputy Head of the Cabinet and Parliamentary Liaison Division, as Director of the OSCE Division, and as Deputy Director-General for the Western Balkans. Emily Haber has extensive knowledge of the Soviet Union and Russia, having worked both in the Soviet Union Division at the German Foreign Office and, on various occasions, at the German Embassy in Moscow, where she served as Head of the Economic Affairs Section and Head of the Political Affairs Department.

    Emily Haber attended schools in New Delhi, Bonn, Paris, Brussels, Washington, and Athens. From 1975 to 1980, she studied history and ethnology in Cologne, earning her PhD with a dissertation on German foreign policy during the Morocco crisis on the eve of World War I.

    Ambassador Hendrik Jan Jurriaan Schuwer , was born May 3, 1953, in The Hague, the Netherlands, in a family of 5. His parents met as journalists who worked for the Netherlands Press Agency. His father later became the director of public relations for Caltex (Benelux) and his mother a teacher.

    After secondary school, Henne attended the University of Leiden, where he earned a master’s degree in law. Henne then started working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979, and has held positions in Vietnam, India, Belgium and the US.

    He is married to Lena Boman from Sweden. Together, they have four adult children. His two daughters are psychologists and his two sons are engineers.

    In his free time, Henne likes to play tennis and golf, and read about the history of the 20th century. But most of all, he enjoys spending time with his family.

    Henne Schuwer has been with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 36 years. Thanks to two previous assignments in the United States, one in Los Angeles and one in Washington, D.C., he has extensive knowledge of American politics and trade issues.


    On November 19th Deputy Consul General of Israel, Ravit Baer will be here.


    Tues. Oct. 16, 6:00pm.

    The Center for a New American Security, a bi-partisan national security think tank in Washington DC will be coming to Boise as part of an ambitious nation-wide program in partnership with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, Germany, called “Across the Pond, in the Field.” The goal of this project is simple: to reinvigorate the transatlantic partnership by holding discussions and debates on various aspects of the transatlantic relationship with diverse audiences across America. They are bringing two Europeans and two Americans to 12 cities across the United States to engage in a series of debates and discussions with local civilians, business leaders, government officials, and students.

    The group will be led by Dr. Andrea Kendall-Taylor, an alumna of the National Intelligence Council and the Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS, and with us we're bringing Emily Haber, the German Ambassador to the United States; Hendrik Schuwer, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States; and Richard Fontaine, the President of CNAS and former foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain.

    Where: Holland & Hart, 800 W. Main St, Suite 1750, Boise, ID 83702
    For more information, visit ACROSS THE POND IN THE FIELD

    Wed. Oct. 17, 12:00-1:30pm.

    German Ambassador to the U.S. Emily Haber and Dutch Ambassador the U.S. Henne Schuwer will speak on “Across the Pond, in the Field” in the BSU SUB Lookout Room. Co-sponsored with the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations and the Center for a New American Security

    Thurs. Oct. 18, 8:30am-3:30pm

    Former President of the National Democratic Institute, Kenneth Wollack, will keynote the 35th annual Frank Church Conference on the “Global Struggle for Democracy” in the BSU SUB Simplot Ballroom. Sponsored by the Frank Church Institute.

    Boise Committee membership renewal notices for our 2018-2019 season have  been mailed. Please send your renewal payments soon.  If you are not a member and are interested in joining the Boise Committee, please go to our Membership page to get more information about joining.