[PAST EVENT] W&M International Affairs Breakfast & Business Cards in DC

January 17, 2020
7:30am - 9:30am
Carnegie Endowment for Peace| 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20036
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On January 17, join members of the William & Mary Community in D.C. for a networking breakfast and discussion on the outlook of international affairs for 2020 and beyond, led by Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. '80 and Rebecca Bill Chavez. 

Bring your business cards and join us for conversation, camaraderie and networking. 

Cost: $10 (includes breakfast) 

Guest Speakers: 

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. '80
Senior International Policy Advisor
Arnold & Porter 

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. brings more than three decades of government service and diplomatic experience to his practice, providing strategic counsel to clients across a range of legislative, foreign policy, and national security issues. 

Most recently, Ambassador Shannon served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the third highest ranking position at the State Department. Holding the personal rank of Career Ambassador, he was the highest ranking member of the United States Foreign Service, the country's professional diplomatic corps. During his tenure as Under Secretary, Ambassador Shannon was in charge of bilateral and multilateral foreign policymaking and implementation, and oversaw diplomatic activity globally and in our missions to international organizations. He managed the State Department during the presidential transition, led bilateral and strategic stability talks with the Russian Federation, worked with our allies to oversee Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and expanded US engagement in Central Asia, among other things. 

Rebecca Bill Chavez

Non-Resident Senior Fellow
The Dialogue 

Rebecca Bill Chavez is a non-resident senior fellow with the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program. She is also a Senior Advisor at the Center for Naval Analyses and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2013 through 2017. Prior to joining OSD Policy, she was Professor of Political Science with tenure at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Chavez received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and her B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Her research has focused on Western hemisphere security and on comparative politics, with an emphasis on security and defense, the rule of law, and democratization.   

Event Program:

7:30–8:00 a.m. – Breakfast and Networking
8:00–9:00 a.m. – Discussion
9:00–9:30 a.m. – Networking 


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