Douglas Broderick, the chief of the United Nations' mission to Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will visit Sewanee April 11-13 and will deliver a public lecture, The Impact of Global Unrest on International Relations and Trade. His lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in duPont Library's Torian Room.
While on campus, he will also meet with students interested in careers in international service.
Broderick's visit as Bryan Viewpoints Speaker and Diplomat-in-Residence is especially timely, coming only months after a major terrorist attack in the central business district of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news reports. The attack left eight dead and has caused Indonesia to undertake revisions in its anti-terrorist policies and laws.
As recently as late February, the Australian Government has issued warnings that Indonesia may be faced with another imminent terrorist attack, though the report did not specify the nature of the threat.
Broderick's topic for the April lecture combines two of the hottest topics in American public discourse as the 2016 Presidential campaign heats up, with candidates deeply divided on how best to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States and whether current international trade policies serve or hinder U.S. economic interests.
Broderick is known for his occasionally outspoken approach to diplomacy. When he was the UN's representative in Cambodia, the host government threatened to expel him because of his criticism of the country's anti-corruption efforts.
In the course of his career as a diplomat and leader in international humanitarian causes, Broderick has served in Bangladesh, China, North Korea, Rwanda, Eritrea, Armenia, Djibouti, Iraq, the Gaza Strip and Egypt, often during times of acute crisis. Before joining the United Nations, he worked for Catholic Relief Services, one of the world's largest international humanitarian organizations. This breadth of experience makes him keenly aware of the economic realities that drive development.
The Bryan Viewpoints Speaker Series is made possible by a generous gift from Peggy and J.F. Bryan. His residency is co-sponsored by the Dean of the College, the Economics Department, International and Global Studies, and Social Entrepreneuership Education (SEED). For more information, contact Janna McClain at 931-598-1921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.