Maxwell School announces foreign policy expert and diplomat Brian Atwood as graduate convocation speaker

Atwood,-BrianJ. Brian Atwood, former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development and dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the Maxwell School’s graduate convocation address on May 8 in Setnor Auditorium on the Syracuse University campus.  His talk is titled “Diplomacy in a Counter-Intuitive World.”

Currently the chair of Global Policy Studies and professor of public policy at the Humphrey School, Atwood served as the School’s dean from 2002-2010.  From 2010-2012, he was chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization of Economic Development and Cooperation. 

Atwood has had a long, outstanding career in public service.  In 2001, he served on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Panel on Peace Operations.  Prior to his appointment as head of USAID in 1993, he served as undersecretary of state for management during the Clinton administration.  During the Carter administration, he was assistant secretary of state for congressional relations.  

Atwood was the first president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, serving from 1986-1993.  Earlier, he was legislative advisor for foreign and defense policy to Senator Thomas Eagleton following service as a career diplomat. 

The convocation on Friday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College is open to all members of the Syracuse University community.  A reception will follow immediately after in Maxwell Foyer.  04/22/15