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The National Security Implications of Climate Change

The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation held a briefing on Monday, June 5, 2017 to discuss the role of climate change as a "threat multiplier" in the geopolitcal landscape and the implications that has for U.S. national security.  The briefing featured the following speakers:

  • Brigadier General Gerald Galloway, United States Army (Ret); Former Dean of the Academic Board, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Hon. Sherri Goodman, Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security); Senior Fellow, Wilson Center
  • General Ron Keys, United States Air Force (Ret); Former Commander, Air Combatant Command
  • Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, United States Navy (Ret); Former Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO
  • Hon. John Conger, Former Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller); Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The event was recorded by C-Span.

Resilient Leadership Panel

Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
How do leaders bounce back from public defeat?  How can losing an election create opportunities - and a chance to continue advocating for the policies you support?  How can you turn an electoral loss now into a win down the road?  Join a panel of distinguished professionals and Evans School Alumni, at different stages in their careers, to share lessons learned and discuss how to create success from setbacks.

  • Seattle School Board member Stephan Blanford MPA '05
  • King County Councilmember Joe McDermott MPA '97
  • Fmr Shoreline City Council candidate Jessica Cafferty MPA '14

May 9th
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Reception to Follow

Parrington Hall, University of Washington

This event is sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

How Foreign Climate Aid Benefits the United States

Environmental and Energy Study Institute

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing discussing benefits to the United States from deploying foreign aid to vulnerable regions to help them become more resilient to climate change impacts. The briefing will also explore the inner workings of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a multi-lateral effort to mobilize $100 billion in public and private financing for adaptation and mitigation projects in developing nations.

Tuesday, April 11
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

485 Russell Senate Office Building
Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE

Financial assistance for vulnerable countries is one of the most powerful tools available to the international community in reducing the risks posed by severe weather disruptions connected to drought, flooding, and food insecurity. Given the global role of the United States in delivering humanitarian aid and responding to crises, equipping countries to be more self-sufficient and resilient in the face of the growing pressures from climate change would save taxpayer dollars, while strengthening America's diplomatic standing and national security. The United States has pledged $3 billion to the GCF, and has delivered a third of that total to date.

Dr. James Bond specializes in energy, infrastructure, and climate change issues in emerging economies. For over three years, he served as a senior advisor to the GCF's executive director in Songdo, South Korea. Dr. Bond is also a Managing Director at Public Capital Advisors and has held numerous leadership positions spanning a multi-decade career at the World Bank Group.

Brad Johnson is President of Resource Mobilization Advisors, an international consulting firm that designs, facilitates, and implements private-sector financing of environmental infrastructure projects in emerging markets. RMA works extensively with project developers, investment funds, multilateral development banks, commercial lenders, and donor agencies to mobilize affordable financing for local environmental projects.

Anton Hufnagl manages a diverse portfolio including climate, environment, and urban development at the German Embassy in Washington, DC. In the year of the German G20 presidency and the upcoming COP23 in Bonn, his focus is on international climate policy. He previously worked for Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Bonn and J.P. Morgan in London.

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The Future of Climate Security

The Future of Climate Security

Unmitigated climate change has the potential to significantly exacerbate existing national security challenges facing the United States—from contributing to further destabilization in strategic regions to threatening U.S. military and security assets and thus the U.S.’s ability to respond to threats and crises. Join the Foundation and the World Affairs Council for a discussion moderated by Craig Gannett, Foundation Vice President, on security implications of climate change with Lukas Haynes, Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund, Vice Admiral (ret.) Robert Parker, USCG, and Ian Kraucunas, Director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at PNNL. 

March 28, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Davis Wright Tremaine
1201 3rd Ave., Floor 22
Seattle, WA 98101

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About the speakers

Lukas Haynes is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board, and Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund. Previously, he was Vice President of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation where he was responsible since 2006 for a philanthropic strategy to mitigate the risks of global warming, invest in low-income New York City communities, and protect human rights. He is also an adjunct associate professor of global affairs and philanthropy at New York University. He was previously New York director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and program officer for international peace and security. From 2003-04, Mr. Haynes provided foreign and security policy advice to the Obama for U.S. Senate campaign. From 2000-01, he served on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department as speechwriter for Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. Mr. Haynes has lectured at Harvard, Princeton, and West Point, and authored numerous publications as an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the International Crisis Group, the Salzburg Seminar, and the International Peace Academy. He was educated at the College of William & Mary and Oxford University, where he earned a master’s degree in international relations.

Vice Admiral Robert Parker, USCG is currently an independent consultant and adviser for National and Homeland Security, Maritime Security and Operations, and Cyber Awareness.  His work includes senior fellow for the US National Defense University Keystone, Capstone and Pinnacle courses and US Naval War College Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander Course.  He served over 35 years as a commissioned officer in the US Coast Guard.

His last post was Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he served as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within a geographic region that ranged from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf and spanned across 40 states and 3 territories.  Prior to this, he was the first USCG officer to be U.S. Southern Command’s Director of Security and Intelligence (J3/J2) in Miami, Florida, coordinating all U.S. military operations and intelligence efforts in the Caribbean, and Central and South America including the DOD support to coordinated interagency responses after catastrophic earthquakes in Haiti and Chile in 2010.

With over 12 years of sea duty, he commanded three Coast Guard cutters in various missions in diverse environments including the Pacific, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, North Atlantic and Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

Vice Admiral Parker holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and completed a one-year National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a 1979 graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy.  He attended 2006 National Defense University’s CAPSTONE Program in 2006 and PINNACLE in 2010.

Vice Admiral Parker is an Honorary Master Chief in the United States Coast Guard, his most prized personal award.

Ian Kraucunas is Director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, which includes over 140 staff engaging in a wide range of climate, atmospheric, integrated assessment, and Earth system science research. He also serves as principal investigator for several projects related to integrated multi-scale modeling of human and natural systems. Previously, he led PNNL’s Platform for Regional Integrated Modeling and Analysis (PRIMA) initiative, a laboratory-wide activity to bring together capabilities spanning the climate-energy-water-land nexus. Prior to joining PNNL, he was a Senior Program Officer with the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.

The Future of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

The Honorable John M. Deutch
Please join us for a special evening in honor of the inauguration of the Henry M. Jackson/James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series with The Honorable John M. Deutch.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

7:00 PM Public Lecture
Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall
University of Washington

This event is free and open to the public.

About John Deutch

John Deutch is an emeritus Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as Director of Central Intelligence from 1995 to 1996, where he was head of the Intelligence Community (all foreign intelligence agencies of the United States) and directed the Central Intelligence Agency.

Prior, he served as Deputy Secretary of Defense (1994-1995) and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions and Technology (1993-1994). In the Carter Administration, he served as Director of Energy Research and Undersecretary under Secretary of Energy James R. Schlesinger and was confirmed by the Senate on recommendation of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson. 

Deutch served as Dean of Sciences and Provost at MIT, and is widely published on technology, energy, international security and public policy issues.

What is the Jackson/Schlesinger Lecture Series?

With funding from the Jackson Foundation, The Henry M. Jackson/James R. Schlesinger Lecture Series supports a Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the UW Jackson School of International Studies.
This event is sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington.

To learn more about this event, contact 206.685.2354 or tleonard@uw.edu.

The United States and Russia in a Trump Administration

Andrei Kozyrev
The deeply troubled U.S.-Russia relationship will likely face a new era when Donald Trump becomes President. He vows to improve relations with Moscow and is nominating cabinet officials with close ties with the Kremlin. Putin has responded positively to Trump’s overtures, signaling a willingness to work with the new administration, but ongoing strategic concerns and domestic developments in both countries could make the path to improved relations much harder than expected.

Join the Foundation along with the World Affairs Council for a conversation with former Russian Foreign Minister, Andrei Kozyrev, on the future of the U.S. – Russia relationship in a Trump administration.

January 30, 2017

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
K& L Gates
925 4th Ave (Floor 29)
Seattle,WA 98104


About the speaker:

Andrei Kozyrev is the former Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation. In 1974 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and subsequently earned a degree in Historical Sciences. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974 and served as head of the Department of International Organizations from 1989-1990. He became the Foreign Minister of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic in October 1990 and retained his position when the Russian Federation gained independence in 1991. Kozyrev was an early proponent for increased cooperation between the United States and Russia and advocated for the end of the Cold War. He was a participant in the historic decision taken in December 1991 between the leaders of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine to peacefully dissolve the Soviet Union. As Russia’s first Foreign Minister, Kozyrev promoted a policy of equal cooperation with the newly formed independent states of the former Soviet Union, as well as improved relations with Russia’s immediate neighbors and the West. Kozyrev left the post of Foreign Minister in January 1996, but continued in politics by representing the northern city of Murmansk in the Russian Duma for four years. Since 2000, Kozyrev has lectured on international affairs and served on the boards of a number of Russian and international companies. He is also a distinguished fellow with the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute.

Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Defense Intellectual

Daniel Bessner, Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Professorship in American Foreign Policy, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
The Foundation, along with The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, is pleased to invite you for a special program in celebration of the inauguration of the Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Professorship in American Foreign Policy with Daniel Bessner, a Professorship funded by the Foundation.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Walker-Ames Room (Kane Hall 225)
University of Washington, Seattle
This event is free and open to the public.

Why do experts exert so much influence on U.S. foreign policy? This talk explores the strange origins of the expert-based approach to U.S. foreign policymaking that has characterized the last 70 years of American history through an examination of the career of Hans Speier, an exile from the Nazis who became an important foreign policymaker in the early Cold War.

Keynote: Daniel Bessner, recipient of the first Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Professorship in American Foreign Policy, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Opening Remarks:
John Hempelmann, President of Board of Governors, Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Speaker Introduction: Reşat Kasaba, Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies

Concluding Remarks: Kenneth B. Pyle, Professor Emeritus, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Department of History

About Daniel Bessner: Daniel Bessner received his Ph.D. in history from Duke University. In 2014, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in International Studies at the Jackson School.
He spent the 2015-2016 academic year as an International Security and U.S. Foreign Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College's John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and the 2013-2014 academic year as a Foreign Policy, Security Studies and Diplomatic History Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
His book, Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual, will be published in 2018 by Cornell University Press. He has published numerous articles in foreign policy journals, and has received a number of awards and honors.

Kenneth B. Pyle, Professor Emeritus, retired from the University of Washington in 2015 after serving as Professor of History and International Studies for 51 consecutive years. In addition to establishing a reputation as one of the most important historians of modern Japan, he served with distinction as Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies between 1978-1988. Among Professor Pyle's numerous awards and honors is the Order of the Rising Sun, awarded to him by the Japanese government for his contributions to Japanese Studies.

In 1983, Professor Pyle succeeded in his effort to name what was then the School of International Studies after Senator Henry M. Jackson whose untimely passing had shocked our community in that year. Senator Jackson had been an ardent supporter of education and played a very important role in encouraging our school to develop first-rate programs in international and area studies.

In recognition of Professor Pyle's innovative leadership and service to the School and the ideals of Senator Jackson, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation created the Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Professorship in American Foreign Policy, a professorship that was originally established in 2005 and renamed in 2015. We are pleased to be able to recognize Professor Daniel Bessner as the first recipient of this new title.

Henry M. Jackson - Bill Van Ness Lecture Series on Leadership

Featuring Ana Mari Cauce, U.W. President

Leadership for a World in Flux

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

7:00 pm Lecture, Kane Hall 220

University of Washington

Listen to President Cauce's remarks

As the new president of one of the world's great public universities, Ana Mari Cauce is leading the University of Washington in advancing its mission in four key areas: providing a leading-edge student experience, conducting research and scholarship that has a global impact, upholding the UW's dedication to its public mission and infusing the entire university with a commitment to innovation.

As a member of the UW faculty since 1986, Cauce became interim president in March 2015, having previously served as provost and executive vice president, and the UW Board of Regents selected her to become the UW's 33rd president at a special meeting October 13, 2015.

Raised in Miami after emigrating with her family from Cuba, Cauce earned a B.A. in English and psychology from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in psychology, with a concentration in child clinical and community psychology, from Yale University. For her teaching, scholarship and advocacy, Cauce has received numerous awards, including the Dalmas Taylor Distinguished Contribution Award, the Luis Fernando Estaban Public Service Award, the James M. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Psychological Association, the Grace Hopper Exemplary Leadership Award and the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Society for Community Research and Action. In 1999 she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor the University of Washington gives to faculty members for their work with students in and outside the classroom.

Building a Resilient Future Through Public Service

Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows
The Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars together hosted a panel discussion with Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows and public service leaders in Washington D.C. to explore questions and highlight insights for the next generation of public servants.  An ever-changing, increasingly complex, and interconnected world demands excellence from those in the public sector.  To see a webcast of the panel discussion, please click here.

Monday, June 6, 2016. 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20004-3027 

Opening Remarks:
  • Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
  • Ted Adams, Program Specialist, Volunteering and National Service, Peace Corps
  • Tom Bugert, Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy; Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellow
  • Lindsay Coates, President, InterAction
  • Andrew Deutz, Director, International Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy 
  • Tamara Power-Drutis, Executive Director, Crosscut Public Media;  Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellow
  • Simphiwe Laura Stewart, Research Participant, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellow
  • Roger-Mark De Souza, Director, Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center

Youth Town Hall Event

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

The Jackson Foundation and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate convened a Youth Town Hall event with millennial-aged adults ahead of the general election. The program took place in the Institute’s full-scale reproduction of the U.S. Senate Chamber in Boston. A networking reception followed the event.

During the program, a moderator led a discussion among the participants about the vision they have for their communities and the country, priorities they believe candidates should have, and their level of civic engagement. The program alternated between polling on tablets and live, unfiltered conversation.

Monday, May 2, 2016. 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Responding to Putin's Russia

Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas
Is Putin’s Russia a threat to the United States? And is current U.S. policy towards Russia effective in defending U.S. interests?  Russia and the United States are at odds on major issues including Ukraine and Syria, and tensions are rising.  Experts and policymakers debate what to do about Russia; meanwhile, Russia seems to do what it wants.

On May 6, the Jackson Foundation and the World Affairs Council held a discussion with Dr. Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia and current Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, on what Russia wants and what policy options the United States should employ.

Friday, May 6, 2016. 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1201 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

"Unraveling Iraq"

Emma Sky
The Foundation and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies of the University of Washington held a special evening featuring an interview of British author and Middle East expert Emma Sky by bestselling author and long-time journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

Sky spoke about her latest book: The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq, which The New York Times named one of 100 Notable Books of 2015, and The Guardian called "...a detailed and darkly humorous account that tries to understand everyone involved, Iraqis and Americans, on their own terms ... an indispensible tool for understanding the background to this failure [in Iraq]."

Chandrasekaran, author of a bestselling book on Iraq, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone, subsequently engaged Sky and the audience in conversation about the U.S. and the Middle East. Following the lecture, a light reception was held in Walker Ames, Kane Hall.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. 7:00 p.m.
Kane Hall 120, University of Washington
4069 Spokane Ln, Seattle, WA 98105

U.S. Interests in Central Asia: A Conversation with Daniel Rosenblum

Daniel N. Rosenblum

The Foundation and the World Affairs Council of Seattle held a discussion on U.S. interests and challenges in Central Asia, and the larger implications for relations with China and Russia. Daniel Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State spoke about the region.

U.S. engagement with the five states of Central Asia has taken on increased importance as relations with Russia worsen. Domestic developments within these post-Soviet states vex U.S. policymakers as democracy, human rights, and civil society are weak. China's engagement in Central Asia also highlights the importance of these states to U.S. security and economic interests in the region.

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Stoel Rives LLP
600 University Street, Suite 3600
Seattle, WA 98101

Thundering Change Across the Middle East

Robin Wright
The Foundation and the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies, Center for Global Studies, and the Middle East Center held an exclusive evening with award-winning author, journalist, and commentator Robin Wright.

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. 7:00 p.m.
Kane Hall 130, University of Washington
4069 Spokane Ln, Seattle, WA 98105

About Robin Wright:

Robin Wright writes for The New Yorker and is a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. A former correspondent for The Washington Post, she has reported from 145 countries on six continents. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Wright has also been a fellow at the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yale, Duke, Dartmouth, and the University of California. Wright received the U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal, National Magazine Award for reportage from Iran in The New Yorker, and Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initia­tive" for coverage of African wars. The American Academy of Diplomacy selected her as the journalist of the year for “distinguished reporting of international affairs.” 

Robin Wright is the author of numerous books and articles on the Middle East including Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East and Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World. Wright's lecture explored and explained the rapidly changing scene in the Middle East – and the challenges for the United States. 

Insights from a National Dialogue on Climate Change, Energy, and Security

CNA Military Advisory Board

Climate change is a complex, multi-decade challenge with implications for U.S. national security as well as transatlantic and global security. Yet comprehensive climate and energy security policy remains a political “third rail” in the United States.

In 2014 and 2015, members of the CNA Military Advisory Board (MAB) traveled throughout the United States to engage state and local governments, business leaders, and industry on the threats that climate change poses to U.S. national security, and to learn what local actors are doing in their communities to address energy and climate challenges.

This event – co-sponsored by CNA, the EU Delegation to the United States, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, and the Energy Foundation – featured a discussion of the lessons learned from this Climate Security Dialogue, and presentations on the latest MAB research on emerging threats to homeland and national security and the resulting impact on our military’s readiness and potential missions. Joining two highly regarded U.S. generals were EU Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan to put U.S. leadership in perspective before the pivotal UN climate summit in December.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004-3027

Opening Remarks

  • David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the U.S.
  • John Hempelmann, President, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
  • Cheryl Rosenblum, Executive Director, CNA Military Advisory Board

National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change

  • Gen Ron Keys, USAF (Ret.), Former U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command; Chairman, CNA Military Advisory Board
  • Lt Gen Richard Zilmer, USMC (Ret.), Former Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs and Former Commanding General of Multi-National Force – West in Al Anbar Province, Iraq; CNA Military Advisory Board Member
  • Moderated by Morry Cater, Cater Comunications

Lessons Learned from Climate Security Dialogue: The State Perspective

  • Phyllis Cuttino, Director, Clean Energy Initiatives, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Andrew Holland, Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, American Security Project (Invited)
  • Mark Pischea, Partner, The Sterling Corporation
  • Sarah Vogler, Senior Research Specialist, CNA
  • Moderated by Craig Gannett

U.S. and the Rise of Asia: A Program in Celebration of the Career of Kenneth B. Pyle

Professor Kenneth B. Pyle, ten-year director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Tuesday, Oct. 27. 2015. 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Kane Hall 225, University of Washington
4069 Spokane Ln, Seattle, WA 98105

  •  T.J. Pempel, Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science, University of California Berkeley
Professor Pempel (Ph.D., Columbia) was the Boeing Professor of International Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies from 1997 to 2001. Professor Pempel's research and teaching focus on comparative politics, political economy, contemporary Japan, and Asian regional ties. In 2015, he coedited Two Crises, Different Outcomes, published by Cornell University Press. His other works include Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a Region and Regime Shift: Comparative Dynamics of the Japanese Political Economy, both by Cornell University Press. He is coeditor of Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia and editor of The Economic-Security Nexus in Northeast Asia (both by Routledge).

  • Anand Yang, College of Arts & Sciences Term Professor of International Studies and History. Chair, Department of History
  • David Bachman, Henry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies
  • Marie Anchordoguy, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Daniel Bessner, Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Saadia Pekkanen, Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies
Concluding Remarks:
  • Kenneth B. Pyle, Professor Emeritus, Jackson School of International Studies and Department of History
Kenneth B. Pyle retired after 51 consecutive years of teaching at the University of Washington. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern Japan and its history. Pyle has been honored by the Japanese government with the Order of the Rising Sun for his contributions to Japanese Studies. He was also the recipient of the Japan Foundation’s 2008 Special Prize in Japanese Studies. Dr. Pyle served as director of the Jackson School from 1978 to 1988. It was under his leadership that the School acquired its current structure, name, and stature, making it one of the leading institutions of its kind. Dr. Pyle is also the cofounder of the National Bureau of Asian Research, a nonpartisan think tank with offices in Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Russian Sanctions and the Future of the U.S.–EU–Russia Relationship

Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle held a lunch and a panel discussion on the current state of sanctions and implications for U.S.–EU–Russian political and economic relations.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. 11:30 a.m. (Registration and Luncheon), 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Program)
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101


  • William Pomeranz, Deputy Director, Kennan Institute
  • David James Riley, 1st Secretary, Foreign and Security Policy, British Embassy to the United States
  • Nelson Dong, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Moderator: Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the U.S. and EU have tightened sanctions several times. The political and economic impact of the combined sanctions on Russia have been tremendous, dwarfing any pain to European farmers or even U.S. business interests. Tensions in U.S.–Russian relations are as high as they have been since the end of the USSR - and even since the Stalin era. Formerly warm relations between the European Union countries and Russia have chilled considerably. For example, Germany's Angela Merkel has maintained a tough line with President Putin particularly since the downing in July 2014 of the civilian jet over Ukraine.

Sanctions have already hurt Russia's economy, dampened travel and spending abroad by Russians, caused food prices to soar and the ruble to swoon. Combined with the dramatic dip in global oil prices, sanctions have been effective - and have fostered unusual unity between U.S. and European allies. Yet in the face of economic and political pushback, Putin continues to fuel the conflict in Ukraine.

On Leadership: Second-Term Presidents

Bipartisan Policy Center
The Foundation, in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center's Democracy Project, held a discussion about second-term presidents focusing on such questions as: How have past second-term presidents worked with Congress, with their own party, and with the opposing party? In what ways do their foreign policy goals shift from their first terms? When do they engage with the presidential candidates aiming to succeed them? Drawn from the wisdom of those who have served and covered second-term presidents, panelists addressed several dynamics with which a second-term president must contend that are unlike those from their first terms.

Opening Remarks:
  • John Hempelmann, President, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Panel Discussion:
  • Sandy Berger, National Security Advisor, 1997-2001
  • Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA TODAY
  • Kenneth Duberstein, White House Chief of Staff, 1988-1989
  • John Fortier, Director, BPC's Democracy Project

Global Trends in the Next Decade: Implications for U.S. National Security, Diplomacy, and Development

Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Wilson Center
The Foundation, in partnership with the Wilson Center, hosted an event on June 4, 2015 focused on how global trends, from climate change and population dynamics to food, water, and energy security, are shaping the future of U.S. national security, diplomacy, and development policy.

  • Ruth Greenspan Bell, Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center
  • Alice Thomas, Senior Advisor on Human Rights, Refugees International 
  • Karin Fischer, Senior Reporter, Chronicle for Higher Education
  • Ted Adams, Program Specialist, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Peace Corps
  • James Schear, Public Policy Scholar, Africa Program, Wilson Center 
  • Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center

Assessing U.S. Sanctions: Impact, Effectiveness, Consequences

Kennan Institute, Wilson Center
The Foundation, in partnership with the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, held a one-day event in Washington, D.C. focused on the role that sanctions play in U.S. foreign policy.  The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has the United States and its European allies struggling to find a way to respond to Russia's actions and continuing violation of Ukrainian sovereignty.

Given the importance and likely duration of the conflict in Ukraine, this is an important moment to examine the impact, effectiveness, and consequences of U.S. and U.S.-led sanctions as a policy tool. This conference focused not just on Russia, but also on past and current examples of sanctions elsewhere worldwide.

Links to videos of each of the panel discussions are available below:

Panel 1:  Do U.S. Sanctions Work:  A Historical Look at Sanctions
  • Moderator:  Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
  • Daniel Drezner, Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • George Lopez, Vice President, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, United States Institute of Peace
  • Ted Henken, Associate Professor, Baruch College, CUNY

Panel 2: The Birth of Smart Sanctions:  Iran and Russia
  • Moderator:  William Pomeranz, Deputy Director, Kennan Institute
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security
  • Randy Bregman, Partner, Dentons
  • Richard Wood, Counsellor, Foreign & Security Policy, British Embassy

Lunch and Keynote Address
  • Introduction by John Hempelmann, President of the Board of Governors, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
  • Ambassador Daniel Fried, Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, U.S. Department of State

Panel 3: Sanctions and Statecraft in the 21st Century

  • Moderator: Hon. Mark Gitenstein, Partner, Mayer Brown; Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania
  • Richard Perle, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Juan Zarate, Senior Advisor, Transnational Threats Project and Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program, CSIS; Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Meg Lundsager, Public Policy Fellow, Wilson Center; Former U.S. Executive Director, International Monetary Fund Executive Board.

Jackson/Van Ness Lecture: Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza

Lt. General Stephen R. Lanza

Lt. General Stephen R. Lanza, Commanding General, I Corps Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is a leader whose command stretches from Washington State military bases to Hawaii, Alaska, and Japan, gave an inspirational and motivating address at the recent Henry M. Jackson / William Van Ness Lecture on Leadership.

In 2010, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation inaugurated a lecture series to honor and link two men, William Van Ness, Jr., and Senator Jackson, whose careers were interwoven over many decades of public service. Both men exemplified the good judgement, integrity, and character inherent in true leadership. The Henry M Jackson / William Van Ness Lectures on Leadership were established to showcase those qualities of leadership. Previous speakers include Senator Slade Gorton, UW President Michael K. Young, and the Honorable William D. Ruckelshaus.

Lt. General Lanza spoke on "Building Agile and Adaptive Leaders for a Complex Environment" to a packed audience at Kane Hall, University of Washington. To hear an audio recording of his presentation, please click here.  To see his slide presentation, please click here.  To view a transcript of the lecture, please click here.

China's Energy Crossroads: Forging a New Energy and Environmental Balance

National Bureau of Asian Research

The Foundation along with the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) held a Washington D.C. launch for NBR’s 2014 Energy Security Report, "China’s Energy Crossroads: Forging a New Energy and Environmental Balance."

This half-day event featured panel discussions with senior energy specialists including:

  • Chen Weidong (CNOOC Energy Economics Institute)
  • Erica Downs (Eurasia Group)
  • Craig Gannett (Henry M. Jackson Foundation)
  • Mikkal Herberg (NBR)
  • Li Zhidong (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan)
  • Meredith Miller (NBR)

Participants discussed major shifts underway in Beijing’s energy security strategies, and how China's energy needs will impact market, geopolitical, and environmental outlooks for the Asia-Pacific.

Download a copy of NBR's Energy Security Report here.

Trade + Aid: Exploring Both the Harmony and the Discord

Masters of Arts in Applied International Studies
The Foundation is pleased to support this new series from the Masters of Arts in Applied International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. The  discussion on Trade + Aid included the following speakers:

  • David Burroughs Vice Chairman, Cascade Designs
  • Lisa Cohen Executive Director, Washington Global Health Alliance
  • Eric Schinfeld President, Washington Council on International Trade
Thurs. Nov. 20, 2014. 5:30 pm  6:30 pm (Happy Hour), 6:30 pm  7:30 pm (Discussion)
Impact Hub Seattle
220 Second Ave South
Seattle, WA 98104

An Evening with Activist and Author, David Burstein

David Burstein
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation hosted an evening reception with political activist, David Burstein. David frequently speaks on the Millennials − the largest generation in U.S. history − and American political life. David also works with nonprofits and companies on how to understand and engage the Millennial Generation.

As one of the bright new voices of the younger generation, David offered an overview of the Millennials and how to engage them more in civic life. He addressed how to increase the Millennials’ role in the political landscape and the importance of investing in this young generation as it grows into our nation’s leadership.

Monday, October 6, 2014. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm
Impact Hub Seattle
220 Second Ave South
Seattle WA 98104

About David Burstein:

David, 25, serves as the CEO of Run for America, a disruptive postpartisan initiative to bring a new generation of talent into our political system and catalyze political leaders to start solving our biggest problems. He is the author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World, the first broad book written by a Millennial about the Millennial Generation. The book takes readers inside the largest generation in history to tell how and why they are changing business, technology, culture, and politics.

Previously David founded Generation18, a nonpartisan young-voter engagement organization. The organization grew out of the documentary film, 18 in '08, which David directed and produced about young voters in the 2008 election. From 2007-2008, Generation18 registered over 25,000 new voters, held over 1,000 events in 35 states, and produced a get-out-the-vote Public Service Announcement series with stars including Olivia Wilde and Maggie Gyllenhaal. For his work, David received a 2009 DoSomething Award and his story was featured on several million bags of Doritos. His 2012 follow-up film, Up to Us, focused on the optimism and resilience of the Millennial Generation in the face of the economic crisis.

National Security and Climate Change Public Briefing, Washington, D.C.

PNNL and Wilson Center
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in partnership with the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, held a briefing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

What do a White House senior advisor, scientists, military planners, business people and a member of Congress have in common? At a June 4 symposium in Seattle organized by the Jackson Foundation and PNNL, entitled "The Intersection of National Security and Climate Change: Informing Decision Makers", thirty-sex leaders from federal agencies, state and local government, research organizations, business, and academia agreed that the impact of climate change on national security will only increase with time.

The briefing focused on the key recommendations and consensus points that emerged from the June discussion and highlighted the next steps for action.

  • John Marburger, Climate Change Affairs Officer, Task Force Climate Change Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, will address the military’s perspective on the threats facing our nation from global warming.
  • Alice Hill, White House Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience, will provide a perspective on the President’s priorities around national security and climate policy.
  • Dr. Ian Kraucunas, Deputy Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change division, will highlight climate trends and tools available to national and local decision-makers.
  • Larry Phillips, Chair, King County Council will discuss the Pacific Northwest’s strategies to tackle the threat of climate change.

Jackson Foundation Vice President Craig Gannett, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine and co-chair of the firm’s Energy and Environmental practice group, moderated the discussion.

Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of the Wilson Center’s Program opened the briefing and provided concluding remarks.

A video of the event can be accessed here.

Public Briefing After National Security/Climate Change Symposium

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
The Foundation and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) held a public briefing on Thursday, June 5, 2014, to discuss the outcomes of a high-level symposium held the day before: "The Intersection of National Security and Climate Change: Informing Decision Makers".

U.S. and Northwest leaders are facing increasingly interrelated national security and climate change challenges – challenges that will only increase in the coming decades.  The June 4 symposium featured top scientists, military brass, university experts and public and private sector leaders.  Participants outlined strategies for tackling the risks faced by our nation and our region.

The June 5 public briefing provided the key outcomes from the discussion and highlighted planned next steps for action.

Speakers at the briefing included:
  • Larry Phillips, King County Council Chair and Jackson Foundation Board Member
  • Jeff Arnold, Ph.D., Senior climate scientist, US Army Corp of Engineers
  • Ian Kraucunas, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, PNNL
 Click here to watch a video of the briefing.

The Future Direction of International Affairs Education & Foreign Language Studies in the U.S.

Jackson School of International Studies and Wilson Center.
Together with the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies, the Foundation held a major conference on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. on the future of international studies. 

The conference addressed current developments in international affairs education and foreign language study. You can view a video of the conference here.

Working Across the Aisle, with U.S. Reps Kilmer and Reichert

Seattle CityClub luncheon with Representatives Kilmer and Reichert.
In partnership with the Jackson Foundation, Seattle CityClub held a luncheon discussion with U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6th) and U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (WA-8th) on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. They addressed bipartisanship in Congress and building trust between parties. 

Watch a video of the program here.

Environmental Policy & Management Strategies for the 21st Century

Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
Together with the Foundation, the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance hosted a roundtable discussion on new methods, policies, and tools to assist policy-makers in addressing complex environmental issues. The four panelists included:

  • Ann Bostrom, Weyerhaeuser Endowed Professor in Environmental Policy, Evans School
  • Joseph H. Cook, Associate Professor, Evans School
  • Roel Hammerschlag, MPA '07, Principal, Hammerschlag & Co. LLC
  • Lily Hsueh, Ph.D. '12, National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The discussion was moderated by the Foundation's Vice President, Craig Gannett, Partner and Co-Chair of Energy and Environmental Practice, Davis Wright Tremaine. Sandra O. Archibald, Dean and Professor, Evans School, offered the welcome.

Access the video of the full program here.

Public Interest Law in Russia

Kennan Institute, Wilson Center
In partnership with the Jackson Foundation, the Kennan Institute of the Wilson Center held a conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 3, 2014. This event gathered four Russian public interest lawyers and activists to discuss the development of public interest law in Russia. The panelists included Anton Burkov, a Russian lawyer in residence at the Kennan Institute in spring 2014, as well as Dmitri Bartenev, Anna Demeneva and Nadezhda Kutepova.

Access the audio file here.

On Leadership: Foreign Policy in Congress

Bipartisan Policy Center
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation partnered with the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Democracy Project to hold a thought provoking discussion on foreign policy leadership in Congress.  Some major themes of the morning included constituent's lack of understanding about the importance of foreign relations, the need for Congress members to become more informed on foreign policy issues and the necessity of having bipartisan support for initiatives.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

Opening Remarks:
  • John Hempelmann: President, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Panel Discussion Featuring:
  • Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN): President, The Lugar Center
  • Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA): Senior Policy Advisor, Van Ness Feldman.
  • John Fortier: Director, BPC's Democracy Project

Watch a video of the introductory remarks by John Hempelmann, see the main discussion, or view the question and answer session.

Leadership Forum on Environmental Management and Policy

Evans School of Public Affairs
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance hosted a luncheon and discussion attended by current recipients and alumni of the Evans School's Henry M. Jackson Fellowship, Evans School faculty with environmental management and policy expertise, and members of the Jackson Foundation Board of Directors.

The event was held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. According to the Evans School, "63 Evans School students pursuing studies in environmental policy and natural resource management have received Jackson Fellowships...enabling them to study at the Evans School and pursue a public service career."

Panel Discussion Featuring:
  • Roel Hammerschlag, MPA 2007, (Jackson Fellow 2005-06), Principal of Hammerschlag & Co. LLC, an energy and climate policy analyst
  • Allison Kelly, Ph.D. 2016 (Jackson Fellow 2011-12) focused on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Neelima Shah, MPA 2002 (Jackson Fellow 2000-01) a Program Officer at the Bullitt Foundation.
  • John Hempelmann: President, Henry M. Jackson Foundation.