Students are invited to a breakfast with National Democratic Institute (NDI) President and former U.S. Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell. Ambassador Mitchell will lead an informal discussion with students about the role democracy can and should be playing in U.S. foreign policy around the world, particularly vis-a-vis China's growing influence. He will draw on his experience working with Burma at the State Department as well as during his tenure as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (APSA), in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
This event is free and open to the Harvard University student community. Registration is required (a registration link can be found at the bottom of this event posting).
Derek Mitchell is the third president of the National Democratic Institute. Mitchell has had a distinguished career in and out of the US government, in which he has witnessed the connection between democracy and international security. From 2012-2016, Mitchell served as US Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma). He was America’s first ambassador to the country in 22 years. From 2011-12, he served as the US Department of State’s first special representative and policy coordinator for Burma, with the rank of ambassador. Prior to this appointment, Mitchell served as acting assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs. Mitchell received a master of arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.
This event is cosponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights.