Peace Through Strength: Restoring American Leadership in the World


Peace Through Strength:
Restoring American Leadership in the World

Wednesday, August 29

 The Tampa Club
101 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 4200
Tampa, Florida

Event Video

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Cocktails & Conversation with Governor Tim Pawlenty
Former Governor of Minnesota & Romney for President

Moderated by William Kristol
The Weekly Standard & the Foreign Policy Initiative

Speaker Biographies

Tim Pawlenty served as governor of Minnesota for two terms (2003 - 2011), and was a Republican candidate for President in the 2012 election.  He currently serves as co-chairman of Governor Romney’s presidential campaign. Over the last 10 years, Governor Pawlenty has played an active role in international affairs and foreign policy.  As governor, he made five trips to Iraq, three trips to Afghanistan, two trips to Kosovo, and one visit to Bosnia all in support of American troops.  He led trade missions around the world, including three missions to China and missions to India, Israel, Chile, Brazil, Poland and the Czech Republic.  He traveled with Senator McCain as a member of the American delegation to the Munich Security Conference.  During his presidential campaign, he made foreign policy a priority, delivering the first major foreign policy address of any candidate at the Council on Foreign Relations on June 28, 2011.  In October 2011, he led an IRI election monitoring team to observe Tunisia’s first elections since the Arab Spring.  In December 2011, he attended the EPP Congress in Marseilles and delivered remarks on the Arab Spring.  He spoke on two panels at the 2012 Brussels Forum, and he delivered remarks on American foreign policy in March at the Legatum Institute in London. Governor Pawlenty currently serves as an adviser to Vector Capital and serves as a member of the board of directors of Digital River, Miromatrix Medical, Ionix Medical, Tiburon, Inmar, and Red Prairie.  He received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota (Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honors), and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

William Kristol is a board member of the Foreign Policy Initiative and founding editor of The Weekly Standard. One of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators, Dr. Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel. Before starting The Weekly Standard, Dr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan. Before coming to Washington in 1985, Dr. Kristol taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Mission Statement

The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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