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Admiral Jonathan Howe (ret)

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 Wed April 8                                       

 

Admiral Jonathan Howe

former Representative of UN Secty Gen Boutros Boutros-Ghali to Somalia

 

The Future Role of the US in the World

 

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During the cold war the proper role of the US in World Affairs was pretty well defined, but in today’s multi-polar world we seem to be having difficulty with that vital question.  Are we Policeman to the World ?  Kingmaker?  Naïve Galahad rushing to save various princesses in distress?  Have our military interventions been helpful – even to those we sought to help? 

 

Four Star Adm Jonathan Howe has worked as a top military commander and also as a diplomat through this difficult and perplexing period.  After leaving the Navy in 1992 he was appointed by UN Sect-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali  as his Special Representative for Somalia.  Previously he had succeeded Robert Gates as Depty Natl Security Advisor in the first Bush Administration.  He had served as Chief of Staff of the Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, (1978–1980), Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1981 to 1982, Director of the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs from 1982 to 1984, Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium (1986–1987), Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1987–1989), and simultaneously as CinC, Allied Forces Southern Europe and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. He graduated in 1957 from the Naval Academy, and earned an MA and a PhD in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School at Tufts.  He is currently Executive Director of The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.  

 

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