September 25, 2023| Community Event | Charlottesville, VA

Inside Negotiations on the World Stage

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Event Overview

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt famously held the diplomatic maxim: “speak softly and carry a big stick.” He maintained that a chief executive must be willing to use force when necessary while practicing the art of persuasion. But is brute force the sum of America’s strength? What else characterizes our nation such that others should follow us? What has made our negotiations on the world stage successful (and unsuccessful)?

On September 25, 2023 at 7:00 P.M., future diplomatic leaders have the chance to hear directly from one of our nation’s premier contemporary statesman, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Common Sense Society is pleased to co-sponsor “Talk Softly but Carry America With You: Inside Negotiations on the World Stage,” hosted by our friends at The Jefferson Council. The event will take place at the University of Virginia. Registration is free but required.

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Newcomb Hall Ballroom, University of Virginia
180 McCormick Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Featured Speaker

A photo of Michael R. Pompeo

Michael R. Pompeo

Former U.S. Secretary of State

Mr. Michael R. Pompeo served as the 70th Secretary of State of the United States, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and was elected to four terms in Congress. Mike graduated first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1986. He served as a cavalry officer in the U.S. Army, leading troops patrolling the Iron Curtain. He left the military in 1991 and then graduated from Harvard Law School. Up next was almost a decade leading two manufacturing businesses in South Central Kansas—first in the aerospace industry and then making energy drilling and production equipment.

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