Two high-level ambassadors will speak next week at Indiana colleges. IUPUI will host European Union Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida, while Republic of Estonia Ambassador to the United States Marina Kaljurand will speak at Purdue University.

November 13, 2013

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — The head of the European Union's delegation to the United States will speak at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis this month.

EU Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida will deliver a guest lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the IUPUI Campus Center theater, on the lower level of the center at 450 University Blvd. The ambassador's talk will focus on current negotiations for a transatlantic trade agreement between the European Union and the United States.

“The proposed trade agreement would bring together the two biggest economies and trading powers in the world,” said John McCormick, professor in the Department of Political Science at IUPUI. “Combined, the EU and U.S. economies account for almost half of global economic output and about a quarter of global trade.”

Indiana is the EU's biggest trade partner after Canada, according to McCormick. During Vale de Almeida's visit to Indiana, the ambassador will also hold meetings at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office Nov. 22.

Before presenting his credentials as ambassador to President Barack Obama in 2010, Vale de Almeida served as the director general for external relations at the European Commission, the EU's executive body. In this position, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and played a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon.

Vale de Almeida has held several positions with the European Commission, which he joined in 1982 after spending seven years as a journalist. He holds a degree in history from the University of Lisbon and has studied and received training in journalism and management in the United States, France, Japan and the United Kingdom.

The ambassador's talk, sponsored by the Department of Political Science in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is sponsoring the event, which is free of charge and open to the general public. Parking, fee applicable, is available in the Vermont Street garage, 1004 W. Vermont St., west of the IUPUI Campus Center.

Source: IUPUI

November 13, 2013

News Release

West Lafayette, Ind. — Marina Kaljurand, the Republic of Estonia ambassador to the United States, will speak at Purdue University Nov. 21.

The speech, sponsored by Krannert School of Management and the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), will be at 3 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 318. It is free and open to the public.

Kaljurand will discuss foreign policy challenges in Estonia and a 2007 cyber attack on that country.

Kaljurand has been ambassador to the United States, Mexico and Canada since 2011. Before that, she was Estonia's undersecretary for foreign economic relations and development aid. She also has been ambassador to Russia, Kazakhstan and Israel.

She earned a master's degree in international law and diplomacy from Tufts University. She also has a professional diploma in international relations from the Estonian School of Diplomacy and a law degree from Tartu University in Estonia.

Source: Purdue University

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