United Nations is topic for discussion series Friday


Delaware’s 2016 Great Decisions Community Discussion Series on U.S. Foreign Policy resumes Friday with a lecture on “The United Nations” by Stephen Tull, a native of Delaware and United Nations Resident Program coordinator in the Republic of Chad.

All Great Decisions discussions will begin at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch, organizers note. Complimentary coffee and tea will be provided.

Before this appointment, Tull was U.N. Resident Program Coordinator and U.N. Development Program Resident Representative for the Republic of Kazakhstan (2010-2015).

Previously, he served with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva as Chief, Office of the Director, (2007-2010); head of its country office in the Russian Federation (2004-2007); Chief, Policy Development Section, Geneva (2003 until 2004); and Desk Officer and Head of Field Office covering the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan (1999-2003).

In 1998, he was the political adviser to the Head of the U.N. Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda, and from 1996-1998 he was Chief of the Civil Affairs Liaison Office for the U.N. Transitional Administration in Croatia.

Before his career with the United Nations, Tull pursued an academic career (1988-1996), and was a visiting research fellow at Princeton University (1995-1996) and a research fellow and teaching assistant at the University of Michigan (1989-1995). He also spent time as a freelance journalist in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (1991-1993) and conducted extensive field research in the former Yugoslavia. In an earlier phase of his career, he was a program manager and analyst in energy and environmental policy, including the management of global climate change (1984-1988).

Tull holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University, an master’s degree in philosophy from Duke University, and a doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan. He speaks English, French and Russian. Tull took up his new assignment in October 2015.

Other speakers during the series are:

• Feb. 12, “The Middle East,” featuring Alam Payind, director of the Middle East Studies Center at The Ohio State University.

• Feb. 19, “The Kurds,” featuring Melinda McClimans, assistant director of the Middle East Studies Center at OSU.

• Feb. 26, “Cuba and the United States,” featuring Miguel Martinez-Saenz, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Otterbein University.

• March 4, “Mexican Migration to the United States,” featuring Robert Gitter, Joseph A. Meek Professor of Economics at Ohio Wesleyan.

• March 11, “The Road to a Stable Climate: What’s Next After Paris?,” featuring Marianne Gabel, leader of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Delaware, with a CCL panel.

• March 18, “The Rise of ISIS,” featuring Michael Houlahan, Foreign Service Officer (retired), U.S. State Department.

Following each discussion, audience participants will have the option of completing a quick survey — prepared by the nonprofit Foreign Policy Association — to add their opinions to others across the nation. The survey results will be made available to federal decision-makers.

Local sponsors of the lecture series include the American Association of University Women, Kiwanis, League of Women Voters, International Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University, William Street United Methodist Church, Willow Brook Christian Communities, Cruise One and private donors.

The Great Decisions Discussion Program, a free community discussion series, is designed to encourage debate and discussion of the role of the United States in world affairs, organizers say.


Staff Report

Information for this story was provided by Corinne Lyman, professor emerita of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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