Monday, November 19, 2018

CFFS October Luncheon 2018

Below are a few snapshots from CFFS's Halloween 2018 October Luncheon at the University Club in Durham, NC featuring Professors Betty Webb and John Rose speaking about Brexit entitled: “Every exit is an entry somewhere . . ." according to Tom Stoppard--- but to where?  [Photos courtesy of H.R. and Betsy Malpass]

CFFS Chairperson Ambassador
Gwen Clare introduces speakers

Professors Professors Betty Webb and John Rose
CFFS Members listen to Professors Professors Betty Webb and John Rose talk about Brexit and their recent visit to London.



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Russia Policy: What Is It? What Should It Be?

Our Chair, Gwen Clare, thought that members would have an interest in this presentation:
Click the link below:

Sunday, October 7, 2018

CFFS Luncheon on 31 October 2018


To the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service Luncheon
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:30 A.M.
University Club, 3100 Tower Blvd. 17th Floor, Durham, NC  27707

Members of the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service and their guests are invited to the autumn 2018 CFFS Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31. The venue for this lunch once again is the University Club located off US 15/501 BR, just north of the overpass connecting US 15/501 to I-85. As usual, we will gather for the social period at 11:30, moving to our tables at noon.

Speaker and Topic:  Our speakers will be Professors Betty Webb & John Rose. They will speak about Brexit: “Every exit is an entry somewhere . . .' according to Tom Stoppard--- but to where???"

 Speakers’ Bios: John Rose studied classics at Marlborough College, was a law Scholar at Cambridge University, and served for two years as an officer in the British Army.  As Clerk in the House of Commons for 32 years, he served the Foreign Affairs and European Union Legislation Committees, as well as temporary attachments to the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. Since retiring to NC, he has taught regularly as an adjunct professor in the Meredith London program. 

Betty Webb is English Professor Emerita, Meredith College; BA degree, Meredith; MA, NC State; PhD, UNC.  She was a Danforth Fellow, has received numerous teaching and service awards, and held two distinguished chairs at Meredith.  She was Director of Meredith Abroad programs in Italy, Switzerland and the U.K., and subsequently Director of International Programs. 

John and Betty divide their time between their homes in Bath, England, and Raleigh, when they're not traveling in Europe or elsewhere.

In June 2016, just after the Brexit referendum, an OpEd by Betty appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer. It’s a good introduction to the topic.  Here is a link to the article:

Reservations & Dues: The cost of the luncheon is $30 which includes coffee or tea, green salad, entrée, and a dessert.  A cash bar will be available.  The entrée choices are: pan seared chicken with pommel purée, haricot verts, and Dijon pan sauce; pan seared salmon with angel hair pasta, broccoli, and lemon caper sauce; or Vegetarian: butternut squash with wilted local greens and tomato (vegan, vegetarian gluten free). Please indicate your entrée choice(s) when you make your reservation.

Please make checks payable to Treasurer, CFFS and mail them to Greg Flood, 1015 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312.  Checks must be received no later than Friday, October 26.

We look forward to seeing you on October 31. 

Gwen C. Clare
Chair, CFFS Steering Committee

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Krasno Events Series @ UNC-Chapel Hill

The lecture by Bruce Jentleson on "Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship" this Thursday coming has been re-scheduled to Thursday, September 27, 5.30pm.  There is NO event this Thursday.
Krasno Events Series @ UNC-Chapel Hill
Organized & moderated by Prof. Klaus Larres


All events take place in the Pleasants Family Room of the Wilson Library unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 5.30pm:
​"The Peacemakers:
Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship"

Prof. Bruce Jentleson
(Duke University)
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 5.30pm:
​"The China Challenge - the Response from Europe and the U.S.:
the View from the German Embassies in Washington and Beijing" 

Joerg Beissert
(German embassy, Washington, DC)
Klaus Larres
(German embassy, Beijing) 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5.30pm
"Donald Trump and North Korea: An Assessment 
Ambassador Christopher Hill 
(former U.S. negotiator) 

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 5.30pm:
"Ireland, the EU, and BREXIT: what to do now?"
Ambassador Dan Muhall
(Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to the U.S.) 


Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5.30pm:
"Great Power Competition in Eurasia: the View from Azerbaijan"
Vugar Gurbanov 
(Counselor & Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Azerbaijan, Washington) 

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 5.30pm:
Movie Showing & Discussion:
"Nowhere to Call Home: A Tibetan in Beijing" 

Jocelyn Ford
(journalist and film maker based in Beijing, China)  


Monday, November 19 - 5.30pm:

Trade War: The U.S. - China Rivalry and what to do about it"
Sitao Xu
(Chief economist and partner, Deloitte China)   


Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 5.30pm:

"precise topic to be announced" 
Xiao Ren 
(Fudan University, Shanghai)
Louis Goodman 
(American University, Washington, DC)