NEWPORT, R.I. – Retired Ambassador John A. Cloud, professor in the National Security Decision Making department at the U.S. Naval War College, will discuss “Germany Ascending: Re-evaluating the current U.S.A./Germany Relationship” as part of the “Great Decisions” public lecture series being presented at Salve Regina University.
The lecture, sponsored by the Newport Council for International Visitors, will be presented on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at the Young Building, corner of Bellevue and Ruggles avenues on Salve Regina’s campus.
While the lecture is free and open to the public, reservations are required due to limited seating and may be made by emailing GDreservations@newportciv.org.
Germany has emerged from both the financial crisis and the eurozone crisis as the dominant economic and political power in Europe, in particular setting the tone for dealings with Russia, Eastern Europe and Iran. How important is it for U.S. interests to enhance relations with Germany and how should the U.S. react when German and U.S. interests fail to align?
A specialist in European and economic issues, Cloud served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania from August 2006 to July 2009. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Berlin, Germany.
He was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2001 - 2003, and was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union from 1999 to 2001. From 1996 to 1999, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.
From 1991 to 1995, he was the Economic Counselor at the American Embassy in Bonn, Germany. He served at the State Department from 1988 to 1991 and had earlier assignments in Mexico City and Warsaw.