“U.S. – Cuban Relations 1900-2015: The Best of Enemies”

Distinguished Speakers Program 

“U.S. – Cuban Relations 1900-2015: 

The Best of Enemies” 

A Community Discussion with Ambassador

Vicki Huddleston (ret.) 

Monday, December 7th – 7:00 pm

Cost: $5 for Non-Members/ Free for Council Members & Students

DoubleTree Hotel 
VJH 1Ambassador Huddleston
 was the Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana from 1999 to 2002, during the custody battle between Fidel Castro and Cuban Americans over a five- year old child found floating on an inner tube in the Florida Straits. Ten years earlier she was Deputy Director and then promoted to Director of Cuban Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

As a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institute she wrote with Ambassador Carlos Pascual “Learning to Salsa – New Steps in U.S.- Cuban Relations” that provided a blue print for normalizing relations with Cuba, much of which President Obama followed.  

Vicki was the U.S. Ambassador to Mali and also to Madagascar and acting Ambassador in Ethiopia. She is a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa.  Earlier in her career she held the same position at the Department of State. 

Vicki received the U.S. Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award and a Presidential Meritorious Service award. Most recently, Ambassador Huddleston was Chief of Party for a USAID – funded development project in Haiti.  

She lives in Santa Fe, NM and is married to Bob Huddleston; they have two children, Robert and Alexandra.Vicki claims Montana roots: when she was a young she lived in Kalispell and Hungry Horse for a period of ten years, her grandfather was one of Kalispell’s founding fathers.

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Global Gauntlet 2016 & Global Educator of the Year Award

2016 Global Gauntlet Event & Global Educator of the Year Award

We’re proud to announce the 2016 Global Gauntlet Team Trivia Fundraiser featuring Montana’s Global Educator of the Year Award.

January 23rd, 2016

DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom

Visit our Global Guantlet page for more information.

Nominate a Montana teacher for the Global Educator Year award.

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Business Luncheon Series with Consul General Abdulla Alsaboosi, United Arab Emirates

Business Luncheon Series with Consul General Abdulla Alsaboosi, United Arab Emirates

UAE’s Emergence on the World Stage: UAE-US Relations”

Wednesday, November 11th – 11:30-1:00 pm

DoubleTree Hotel

Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members

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Abdulla Portrait

The Honorable Abdulla Alsaboosi has been appointed Consul General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Los Angeles covering the West Coast in July 2013. Prior to this assignment, he was the Director of the American and Pacific Affairs Department with the title of Ambassador at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Abdulla, a senior career diplomat, served two tours in the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C. He started as the Director of Congressional Affairs before being appointed Consul & Head of Legal Affairs. He ended his tour in Washington as Head of the Political Section.  

Prior to that, he worked at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Chief of the European Union desk and was involved in the European Union – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) free trade negotiations. He also was a member of the UAE official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Millennium Session in New York. He led, and was a member of, numerous UAE delegations to several regional and international conferences.

Abdulla graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in History. He also attended courses at the National Defense University and Brookings Institute.

He has received several awards during his diplomatic career, the last of which is “The Distinguish Diplomatic Award” from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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