The Richard G. Lugar Institute for Diplomacy and Congress Announces Chairs of Newly Established Dialog on NATO
The Richard G. Lugar Institute for Diplomacy and Congress is pleased to announce the chairs of a newly established Dialog on NATO. Congressman Mike Turner and Ambassador Srdjan Darmanovic will lead a series of discussions on Capitol Hill between foreign ambassadors and members of Congress. From membership expansion to out-of-area operations, this elite group of ambassadors and members of Congress will discuss the most pressing issues facing the Alliance. The first Dialog, scheduled for June 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill will be led by Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director of the McCain Institute, who will discuss NATO enlargement.
Ambassador Srdjan Darmanovic of Montenegro is a founding member of the Lugar Diplomacy Institute. Prior to becoming ambassador of Montenegro to the United States on November 30, 2010, Ambassador Darmanovic served in the former Yugoslavia’s federal parliament from 1992-1996. He then founded and became president of the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, a nongovernmental organization and think tank based in Podgorica, Montenegro. Ambassador Darmanovic was an associate professor of comparative politics at the University of Montenegro, and was previously the founder and first dean of the university’s Faculty of Political Science. He has been a member of an international research group for the Aspen Institute, testified twice before the Helsinki Commission of the U.S. Congress, and has been a guest lecturer at several universities. He is also a member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe.
Congressman Michael Turner of Dayton, Ohio is the chair of the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. In January 2011, he was appointed chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly, the inter-parliamentary organization of legislators from the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. Congressman Turner has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since his election to the 108th Congress, where he also serves also serves on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Turner earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1985, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Dayton in 1992. He was a lawyer in private practice before he was elected mayor of Dayton, a position he held from 1994 to 2002.
The Lugar Diplomacy Institute, named in honor of Senator Richard G. Lugar, to inform, advise, and facilitate dialog between the foreign diplomatic core and the Congress. This dialog is the first of many policy dialogs that the Lugar Institute will convene.
For questions about the Lugar Diplomacy Institute please contact Maia Comeau, the Director of the Institute, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-683-2613.