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Nov. 5 - GC event with Retired Diplomat Jeff Rotering and Vice Admiral Phil Wisecup, USN (ret)

Foreign Policy and Our Democracy - Understanding the Role of a Diplomat

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A "fireside chat" between retired Diplomat Jeff Rotering and Vice Admiral Phil Wisecup,  USN (ret) about Foreign Policy and Our Democracy. 

Jeff Rotering enjoyed childhood on a farm near Amidon, North Dakota.  After graduating from NDSU he taught Vocational Agriculture for six years.  He graduated from the UND School of Law in 1988 and operated his law office in Hettinger for 14 years.  In 2004, Jeff joined the U.S. Department of State, serving as a diplomat in The Bahamas, Estonia, Russia, Guyana, South Sudan, and Eswatini, for 15 years. He and his wife, Claire, retired to Mandan.

Vice Admiral Phil Wisecup,  USN (ret)  was president of the U.S. Naval War College, and has experience in strategic planning and innovation. He served in a variety of staff positions during his active duty career, which spanned 36 years, including overseas assignments at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and in Seoul, South Korea, as the senior U.S. Navy flag officer there.

His senior executive positions also included director of the White House Situation Room, commander of USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group and inspector general of the Navy.

He holds master's degrees in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College; in international relations from the University of Southern California; and in European and defense studies from the University of Strasbourg, France.

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