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Hanson to speak on foreign affairs at Rosenmeier forum

Tom Hanson, a former foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, will speak on foreign affairs at Rosenmeier forums set for noon and 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Tom Hanson, a former foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, will speak on foreign affairs at Rosenmeier forums set for noon and 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

The forum, sponsored by the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government, is titled "U.S. Foreign Policy and the 2018 Midterm Elections." Hanson said 2018 has been a fateful year for U.S diplomacy. In areas such as tariffs, tensions with China, confrontation with Iran and controversies with Russia, he said potential outcomes appear complex and uncertain. His presentation will attempt to clarify key aspects of the challenges facing the U.S. and the democracy.

Hanson's diplomatic postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. He also took part in the opening of new U.S. embassies in Mongolia and Estonia, worked on the Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and served as director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C.

Hanson is currently diplomat-in-residence at the Alworth Institute for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He serves as chair of the Minnesota Committee on Foreign Relations and as co-chair of the Minnesota China Business Council.

As a member of the Great Decisions advisory committee of Global Minnesota, Hanson speaks frequently on international issues and contributes to state and international media. He's a board member of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights (U.S. Foundation); a member of the U.S. foreign policy working group of the British International Studies Association and a director at the Institute of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Hanson earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota and graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; the Institute of Advanced International Studies in Geneva; and the National School of Administration in Paris.

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