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Mark R. Kennedy

Director, Wilson Center's Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition

Hon. Mark Kennedy (US Congress, 2001-07 MN), Director of the Wilson Center’s Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition, also serves as an appointed Civic Leader supporting the Secretary of the Air Force and as President Emeritus of the University of Colorado. Kennedy is dedicated to strengthening America’s alliances, and the technology, trade, infrastructure, and energy foundations of its economic and global leadership. Mark applies experiences as a first-generation college graduate, corporate executive, presidentially appointed member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, founder of the Economic Club of Minnesota and author of an Ivy League published book. He has engaged wide cross-sections of society in over 45 countries, including refugee camps, war zones, 50 military bases and three aircraft carriers at sea.

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Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition

What is Strategic Competition?

Wilson Center Video - January 4, 2024

Navigating Strategic Competition with China

Moderator of Economic Club of Minnesota Panel - December 15, 2024

Events and Publications

Fireside Chat with Senator Pat Toomey

Economic Club of Minnesota Champion of Free Trade Event - March 19, 2024

Replacing Port Cranes Just One Portion of Maritime Commerce Vulnerabilities

Wilson Center Policy Brief with Lea Thome - February 26, 2024

Chokepoints Living Up to Their Name

360° View of Policies Needed to Secure Shipping Chokepoints - February 13, 2024

Is the Belt and Road Initiative Reshaping the Global Order?

Wilson Center Interview - February 12, 2024
Interviewing Simon Curtis and Ian Klaus, authors of the soon-to-be-released book The Belt and Road City: Geopolitics, Urbanization, and China’s Search for a New International Order, together with Lea Thome.

The US and EU Tackle Transatlantic Trade and Tech Issues

Wilson Center Smart Take - January 30, 2024

Africa’s Growing Cities: Challenges and Opportunities

Wilson Center Panel Discussion - January 16, 2024
Co-Panelist: Hon. Geordin Hill-Lewis Mayor of Cape Town, South Africa

Taiwan Chooses President Opposed by China

NewsNation Interview - January 15, 2024

What Is Strategic Competition?

Wilson Center Video - January 4, 2024

China's Military Purge - Taiwan's Elections

Interview on NewsNation - January 3, 2024

Experts Warn That China may be Happy to see Aid to Ukraine Gradually Dry Up

Voice of America China - December 21, 2023
“Abandoning the Ukraine struggle that is central to European security would embolden Xi Jinping in Asia as it suggests a lack of enduring American resolve to defend freedom and support allies.”

Navigating U.S. - China Strategic Competition

Moderator of Economic Club of Minnesota Panel - December 15, 2023

Focus on International Ports Vital to Security and Prosperity

Wilson Center Policy Brief - December 6, 2023

Speech: America Must Awaken from Complacency to Win Tech Race

Speech at CNA (Center for Naval Analysis) - November 28, 2023

"Empowering Development Finance Corporation for Greater Impact

Wilson Center Video Recap - November 20, 2023

Highlights of Mobilizing Private Investment in International Infrastructure Event

Comments with Wilson Center President and DFC Deputy CEO - November 20, 2023

Strengthening the Impact of the Development Finance Corporation

Working Group Policy Brief - November 20, 2023

Interview of DFC's Nisha Biswal

Recap by US International Development Corporation Deputy CEO of Wilson Center Event comments - November 20, 2023

Welcoming New U.S. Chief of Staff of the Air Force

Attended Ceremony as Civic Leader - November 17,2023

Mobilizing Private Investment in International Infrastructure

Hosting Three Panels and Keynote Address at the Wilson Center - November 15, 2023
Photo - Wilson Center President Mark Green, DFC Deputy CEO Nisha Biswal, WISC Chairman Sadek Wahba.

Unleashing Opportunity by Unlocking Private Investment in International Infrastructure

Wilson Center Policy Recommendations - November 15, 2023

Speech: Challenges and Opportunities for the Global Economy

State Department International Visitors Program - November 15, 2023

Advancing World Bank Reform

Meeting with Felice Gorordo, US Alternate Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development - November 15, 2023

Preview of Biden-Xi Jinping Summit

Interview on NewsNation - November 14, 2023

Roundtable with Singapore Based Think Tank

Exchange of ideas with Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University - November 9, 2023
Shown with the Wilson Center's Robert Daly and Sinderpal Singh is Senior Fellow and Assistant Director, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Roundtable with Nigeria Think Thank

Wilson Center Event with National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) - November 8, 2023

Strong Solidarity Between South Korea, U.S. and Japan Leads to China Seeking to Engage

Quoted in Voice of America Korea - November 7, 2023
"I think U.S., Japan and Korea, having come together as closely as they have in recent months, is part of what's motivating China to now want to make sure that they're building and in keeping those strong relations with their own neighbors.”

Roundtable with Taiwan Institute of Economic Research

Wilson Center Collaboration - November 6, 2023
Conversation on Economic Development of Taiwan and the partnership with the United States with Dr. Ko-Hsiung, Lien - Director, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research Research Division VIII and our mutual colleagues.

Ten Reasons Why the US Should Renew AGOA

Wilson Center Policy Brief - Nov 2, 2023

Speech: How Geopolitical Events Are Impacting Globalization

USCIB Foundation Event - October 25, 2023

Reasons for Opposing Ukraine Aid Are Baseless

Wilson Center Policy Brief - October 20, 2023
Americans must see past the baseless excuses for not continuing to support a democracy under brutal assault. When the Soviet Union broke up, the US gave Ukraine security assurances to give up its nuclear weapons. Now Ukraine’s liberty is on the line. So is America’s credibility.

China Exploits Israel-Hamas Conflict to Diminish US Global Influence, Analysts Say

Quoted in VOA - October 13, 2023
Mark Kennedy, director of the Wilson Center's Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition who served as U.S. congressman representing Minnesota from 2001-07, said, "Depending how the tragic Israeli-Hamas conflict plays out, it could actually enhance American standing in its strategic competition with China."

If a war breaks out across the Taiwan Strait, can the U.S. military take care of the three-party battlefield?

Quoted in Radio Free Asia - October 13, 2013
"In past conflicts related to Israel, the United States was a key material aid provider, but it has never directly intervene in the war. Therefore, the United States’ focus on East Asia and the military resources invested in East Asia will not be distracted.” "The United States recently moved an aircraft carrier to the sea off Israel. Its purpose was to warn Iran and Russia not to intervene in the war, but this aircraft carrier has always been in the Middle East. The United States has strategic deployments in the Middle East and East Asia, and Ukraine and Israel Conflict will not tip the balance in which the United States is now focused on East Asia."

360° View of Priorities for World Bank-IMF Meeting

Wilson Center Policy Brief - October 11, 2023

Roundtable with European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Meeting with Viktorija Rusinaité - Director of Research and Analysis - October 11, 2023

Exploring Art of Possible in Trade With Keith Rockwell

Wilson Center Interview - October 5, 2023

Speech: Reasons for Opposing Ukraine Aid Are Baseless

National Association of Evangelicals - October 4, 2023

How Could Frozen Russian Assets be Used to Fund Ukraine’s Reconstruction?

Wilson Center Panel Discussion - October 4, 2023
Panel included Philip Zelikow, Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and Robert Zoellick, US Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005 and President of the World Bank from 2007 to 2012.

Short-sighted US policy is emboldening China

Op-Ed in The Hill - October 2, 2023

Speech: Partnering on Technology, Trade, and Energy

State Department - NIC - Embassy of Canada - September 27, 2023

There's More to be Done: Collaborating to Better Meet Global Infrastructure Needs

Collaboration with US Council for International Business Foundation - September 15, 2023

360° View of Secretary Raimondo's Recent Visit to China

Wilson Center Policy Brief - September 5, 2023

Raimondo’s China trip proves that just engaging Beijing isn’t enough

Quoted in Josh Rogin Op Ed - August 31, 2023
“All of these policy changes (by China) do not make sense if the goal is to promote long-term economic growth, but they could make sense if they are meant to help endure a conflict with the West,” Mark Kennedy, director of the Wilson Center’s Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition, told me.

Speech: New Realities Must Drive Foreign Policy

Speech to University of Tokyo Program Supported by Daikin - August 25, 2023

World Bank Support in Supplemental Request

Wilson Center Policy Brief - August 24, 2023

360° View of Outbound Investment Executive Order

Wilson Center Policy Brief - August 15, 2023

Raimondo: Countries that flout IPEF rules won’t ‘see the benefits’

World Trade Online Article - July 26, 2023
The panel moderator, Mark Kennedy, director of the Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition at the Wilson Center, noted that the supply chain pillar agreement announced in May still was undergoing “legal scrubbing” and that it was not known whether it would include a dispute resolution mechanism, among other outstanding questions.

Cape Canaveral Space Force Station & Patrick Space Force Base

Tour with Air and Space Forces Civic Leaders - July 19-21, 2023
Proud of the work of our United States Space Force guardians and Air Force airmen keeping us safe.

Kennedy Space Center's Historic Launch Complex 39A

Visit with Air and Space Forces Civic Leaders - July 21, 2023
Complex now operated by SpaceX. Pad on right of photo launched Apollo 11 that resulted in Neil Armstrong being the 1st to walk on moon exactly 54 years prior to day of visit. Pad on left of photo being built for Starship to return to moon

Investing in Infrastructure Bolsters a More Stable, Free and Open World

International Infrastructure Working Group Report - July 19, 2023

Collaboration on Infrastructure Vital to Achieving Global Goals

Wilson Center Policy Brief - July 17, 2023

NATO Not Expanding Eastward Into Asia, Says US Ambassador

Quote in Voice of America - July 12, 2023
As NATO committed to work together to address the systemic challenges posed by the PRC to Euro-Atlantic security, the most important action the alliance can take is to stay unified, said Mark Kennedy, director of the Wahba Institute of Strategic Competition at the Wilson Center. “That was exhibited in the communique,” he told VOA. “The key will be to translate these commitments into reality.”

Building a Free and Open Pacific

Meeting with Australia Trade and Investment Commission in Canberra - July 4, 2023

Strengthening Ties with Australia

Meeting With AMCHAM-Australia in Sydney - July 3, 2023

Elevating Private Investment in International Infrastructure

Meeting with G-20's Global Infrastructure Hub in Sydney - July 3, 2023

Achieving More Resilient and Sustainable Maritime Commerce

Discussion with PSA International Group CEO in Singapore - June 30, 2023

Strengthening Competitiveness by Investing in Maritime Transportation

Wilson Center Panel Discussion - June 29, 2023

Visit to Da Nang, Vietnam

June 28-29, 2023

Strengthening ASEAN Economic Ties

Meeting with AMCHAM Singapore - June 27, 2023

China owns 300,000 acres of land in the U.S. Here's where

Quoted in NPR Article - June 26, 2023
Mark Kennedy, director of the Wilson Center's Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition, said that the Chinese government has laws that allow the government to access information held by its citizens and corporations. "That ability by the government to gain access to information is one of the reasons why people view the risk of dealing with a Chinese corporation similar to what they would view as the risk of dealing with the Chinese Communist Party or the government," Kennedy said.

Reacting to, and taking issue with, Tai’s ‘major speech’

World Trade Online Article - June 22, 2023
“Now is not the time for sliding down slippery slopes in a race to the protectionist bottom. Rather than shards of truths, today’s strategic competition demands a clear-eyed view and dedicated effort to open markets for American products and services so that all workers not only prosper, but remain secure.”

Building a Competitive US-Mexico Border Conference

Wilson Center Conference - June 21, 2023

De-Risking Countries to De-Risk Private Investment

Policy Brief with Marie Lam-Frendo - June 20, 2023

A Transatlantic Dialogue: Carbon Pricing and the Energy Transition

Wilson Center Panel Discussion - June 9, 2023

Speech: Making Democracy Work

Speech to Canada School of Public Service - June 8, 2023

Speech: Path Forward for USMCA

Speech to HOPE Binational Fellowship - May 24, 2023

G7 struggles with response to China ‘economic coercion’ threat

Quoted by Al Jazeera - May 17, 2023
“Europe has witnessed the impact of coercion within its ranks more vividly than the US, most recently in Lithuania, and endured the pain from overreliance on a sole supplier as it weaned itself off reliance on Russian energy,” Kennedy told Al Jazeera. “A focus on de-risking by diversifying supply chain … by building partnerships with low- and middle-income countries through investment and aid is very unifying. It also can be presented to the Global South as a location for alternative sourcing.”

How the US Trade and Development Agency Advances American Economic Leadership

Interview of Enoh Ebong, Director of the US Trade and Development Agency - May 3, 2023

Bolstering the Role of Private Investment in Infrastructure

Interview of Marie Lam-Frendo, CEO of the Global Infrastructure Hub - April 26, 2023

Responding to Challenges to U.S. Economic and Global Leadership

Wilson Center NOW Interview - April 20, 2023

Onshoring, friendshoring, and the balancing act of “Made in America”

Singapore Business Times - April 10, 2023
As my colleague Mark Kennedy and I wrote recently, in the aftermath of the First World War, the Treaty of Versailles brought on two decades of economic and political isolationism – and led the world directly into the Second World War. It was only after that vastly more destructive experience that the free world settled on the so-called “Washington Consensus” – a set of policy recommendations that, Kennedy wrote, “advocated for market-driven domestic economies and an openness to trade and investment.” It was this era of global engagement that established a global rules-based economic system, and that in turn led to unprecedented growth and prosperity for everyone including China.

Kevin McCarthy to meet with Taiwan's president despite warnings

NewsNation Live Interview - April 5, 2023

China’s ties to Honduras show its increasing influence

NewsNation Live Interview, March 27, 2023

What Can Russia Do For China?

NewsNation Live Interview, March 20, 2023

Xi Jinping Visit to Russia

WTOP Radio Interview - March 20, 2023

Speech - Economic Warfare

Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions Programs - March 20, 2023

US, Australia, UK Forge Landmark Nuclear Submarine Deal

VOA Article - March 13, 2023
"This is really more a response to the very aggressive military buildup that China has had, as opposed to anything we're doing that would be provoking to China," Mark Kennedy, director of the Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition at the Wilson Center, told VOA.

Speech: The Contemporary U.S. Economy

State Department International Visitors Program - March 1, 2023

Analysis of China Comments in State of the Union

Interview on News Nation - February 8, 2023

Technology Restrictions Must Be Paired With Promoting Trade

Contributions to Wilson Center Publication - Moments of Clarity - February 8, 2023
Technology restrictions only succeed in tandem with other advanced economies. As restrictions bifurcate markets, America will lose foreign consumers unless it embraces trade.

US Two-Way Trade Rose in 2022, New Data Show

Quoted in Voice of America article - February 8, 2023
“There has not been a broad-based decoupling … and many economists are seeing that there really hasn't been a significant onshoring or reshoring. There are still strong ties, and to break those ties with China would be both difficult and costly.”

Succeeding in strategic competition is today’s imperative

Op-Ed in The Hill with Sadek Wahba - February 6 2023

Defining America's New Playbook

Forward in Wilson Quarterly - February 2, 2023
"Finding the right balance between markets and intervention is key. Close collaboration with allies is also vital. America faces a peer rival: China. Only in tandem with its allies can the US achieve the scale to sustain the international order and deter aggression."

Looking Anew at Trade

Interactive Profile in Wilson Quarterly - February 2, 2023
"The result of America's inward turn is to step aside as other nations negotiate preferential access and define the terms to trade, sacrificing the jobs that go with that trade and the influence that comes from the associated interactions. Perhaps no other nation has benefited more from America's trade resistance than China."

Introducing the Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition

Wilson Center - February 1, 2023
Former Congressman, businessperson, and university leader Mark Kennedy will serve as WISC’s Director.

Wilson Center Launches Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition to Shape Conversations and Reforms in Era of Great Power Competition

Wilson Center Press Release - February 1, 2023
“Succeeding in strategic competition is the animating imperative of our time and the goal of WISC,” said Mark Kennedy, the Director of the new program. “It is an honor to lead such meaningful work in partnership with the many scholars and experts of the Wilson Center.”

Strategic competition calls for strengthening trade in the Americas

Op-Ed in The Hill, January 21, 2023
Narrowing in to understand the trade relationships between China and strategic sectors in the Western Hemisphere should be a fundamental task for [the China select] committee and the 118th Congress to undertake. Ideally, this would lead to actionable results providing tangible economic opportunities for the U.S. and its partners in the region.

At Davos, EU leaders bristle over green subsidies in IRA

Quoted in National Journal - January 19, 2023
“It will be interesting to see what the final Treasury regulations are able to do, but many believe this is going to require a legislative fix,” Kennedy said. “The accommodations that are so far in the Treasury ruling are not of great significance related to the concerns the European community has.” Kennedy argued that Washington should have negotiated with all its major industrial partners before passing such a sweeping piece of legislation. “Climate concern is a global concern,” he added. “Having a more coordinated approach to it, as opposed to something that moves down a protectionist path, is more likely to achieve the climate objectives in an efficient manner.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang made his debut after taking office

Quote in Voice of America - January 13, 2023
"Whether it's health care, education, financial services or agriculture, the U.S. remains a technological leader in all areas that could benefit Africa. The U.S. still has strong ties across Africa. But given that we're dealing with a peer rival and given that they are prioritizing Africa and giving it a lot of attention, it will require the United States to do more."

Bolstering Japan’s invisible dimensions of power

Op-Ed in The Hill, January 12, 2023

Strategic competition demands action in 2023

Op-Ed in The Hill, January 2, 2023

America must up its game in Africa

Op-Ed in The Hill - December 19, 2022

A Transatlantic Data Privacy Framework is Essential

Policy Brief with Keith Rockwell - December 6, 2022

US and EU indicate plan to end electric vehicles subsidies dispute, both wary of China and Russia

Quote in South China Morning Post - December 6, 2022
“America needs to prioritise coordination and cohesion with allies to be successful in its #StrategicCompetition with authoritarian powers,"

Agenda 2023: Making Sense of the U.S. Midterms

Panel Discussion in Toronto sponsored by University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy - November 14, 2022

“The EU may not be entirely unjustified in complaining”

Interview by Germany's WirtschaftsWoche, November 9. 2022

Geopolitical strategic competition is a team sport

Op Ed in The Hill - November 5, 2022

Australia Should Work Closely With U.S. to Master Nuclear Submarine Building, Congressmen Say

USNI Article - October 7, 2022
References "The Geopolitical Importance of Southeast Asia and The Pacific" panel

The Geopolitical Importance of Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Fireside Chat with Rep. Norcross and Rep. Wittman - October 7, 2022

Navigating Strategic Competition

Speech - Phoenix Council on Foreign Relations - October 5, 2022

Navigating Strategic Competition

Speech - American Chamber of Commerce in Japan - September 14, 2022

Navigating a Chaotic Global Situation

Speech - Japan's Chamber of Commerce - September 13, 2022 Tokyo

Navigating Geopolitical Strategic Competition

Lecture - Globis Business School - September 12, Tokyo, Japan

'Inflation Reduction Act is in clear violation of KORUS FTA'

Quoted in Korean Times - September 6, 2022
"I am pleased that the Biden administration has agreed to discuss South Korea's concerns regarding the Inflation Reduction Act," he said in an email interview with The Korea Times. "Just as America wants to ensure that others abide by the terms of trade agreements, it is important that America does so as well."

Analysis of the Inflation Reduction Act

With Wilson Center Experts - August 15, 2022

BROADENING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH MINISTER KAREN MAKISHIMA

Wilson Center Event - July 13, 2022
Interview of Representative Karen Makishima, Minister of Japan's new Digital Agency.

Shinzo Abe’s legacy worthy of the highest honor

OPED IN THE HILL - JULY 8, 2022
Minister Fumio Kishida’s recent introduction of a roadmap to increase Japanese spending on defense from 1 percent of GDP to 2 percent of GDP certainly continues the spirt of Shinzo Abe.

Look north, North Dakota, and be UND Proud

OpEd in Grand Forks Herald - July 2, 2022
Profile of Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, named after University of North Dakota alum.

Air War College National Security Forum

Attended Course at Maxwell Air Force Base - May 10-12
Learned a lot at the United States Air Force Air University Air War College National Security Forum at Maxwell Air Force Base, including seeing the F-22 Raptor Demo Team.

Los Angeles Garrison and Space Systems Command

Briefing - May 5, 2022
Thanks to Colonel Becky Beers and the team at Los Angeles Garrison and Space Systems Command - SSC for an excellent briefing. The US Space Force Guardians there are doing great work keeping our nation safe.

Vandenberg Space Force Base

Briefing and Tour - Mary 4, 2022
Thanks to Col. Robert Long, US Space Force Space Launch Delta 30 commander, for briefing me in my role as a civilian advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force. Col Long also gave Debbie Kennedy and I a tour of Space Launch Complex-6 to brief me on on Vandenberg Space Force Base’s commercial launch capabilities. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

NASA JET PROPULSION LABORATORY AT CAL TECH - CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Tour of JPL - May 3, 2022
Thanks to Richard Cook, Mars Sample Return Program Manager at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal Tech - California Institute of Technology Here with replicas of JPL's NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover and Ingenuity Mars helicopter.

How the US can lead in the ‘Space Century’

Op Ed in The Hill - April 27, 2022

Yasuyuki Kasai, Director General of National Space Policy Secretariat in Japan's Cabinet Office

MEETING IN TOKYO - April 27, 2022
Very informative meeting with Yasuyuki Kasai, Director General of National Space Policy Secretariat in Japan's Cabinet Office discussing U.S. - Japan collaboration in Space.

JAXA TSUKUBA SPACE CENTER

Tour in Japan - April 26, 2022
Learned a lot from my visit to Japan's JAXA Tsukuba Space Center. They are a great NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration -partner. Here inside model of Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” of the International Space Station.

SPACE EXPERTS SHOULD OPPOSE DISRUPTION OF SPACE COMMAND

QUOTE IN DENVER GAZETTE EDITORIAL - APRIL 7, 2022
"China sending a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile circling the globe in near earth orbit and then maneuvering toward its target should make it clear that the imperative to preserve leadership in space is nothing to joke about.” “Russia’s recent satellite destruction affirms, the new high ground is space, and it is contested."

U.S. SPACE FORCE RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

MEETING WITH BRIG. GEN. OLSON, CHAMPION FOR CU RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP - APRIL 4, 2022
Meeting with fellow U.S. Air and Space Force Civic Leader Christian Anschutz and Brig. Gen. John Olson, Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer for the Department of the Air Force and Col. Marc Brock, Commander of Space Delta 2

Marine Corps Risks Moving Too Fast, but Also Too Slow

Letter in Wall Street Journal - April 2, 2022
We must focus on the capabilities to deter China, not on preserving legacy systems and structures more suited to past conflicts.

PLAYING OFFENSE IN RACE FOR TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP

Wilson Center Policy Brief - April, 2022

Andersen Air Force Base - Guam

Visit with Base Commander Brig Gen Sloane - March 25, 2022
It was great to visit Guam, a territory of the United States, where America's morning begins.

AWARDING AMB. JON HUNTSMAN CHAMPION OF FREE TRADE AWARD

Economic Club of Minnesota - March 8, 2022
As Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Economic Club of Minnesota, I helped establish the Bill Frenzel Champion of Free Trade Award to promote the importance of expanded trade.

UND: ACE AWARD FOR INSTITUTIONAL TRANSFORMATION

AWARDED MARCH MARCH 6, 2022
I appreciated current University of North Dakota Andrew Armacost recognizing my contributions as the immediate past President of UND as he accepted UND's American Council on Education / Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. Congrats to whole UND Team.

HOSTING BOB COSTA - CO-AUTHOR WITH BOB WOODWARD OF NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER PERIL

CSB-SJU MCCARTHY CENTER EVENT - DECEMBER 2, 2021
It was wonderful to welcome Bob Costa as part of my Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series at the McCarthy Center at the College of St. Benedict - St. John's Univerity.

Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

Enlisted Graduation Ceremony - November 24, 2021

The real Space Force — a great second season

Op Ed - Air Force Times - November 21, 2021
Here’s hoping that the Netflix series concludes in season two, but that with the United States Space Force being Semper Supra, always above, our democracy will “live long and prosper.”

Hill Air Force Base, Utah

US Air and Space Force Civic Leaders Visit - November 4-5, 2021

Edwards Air Force Base, California

US Air and Space Force Civic Leaders Visit - November 3-4, 2021

Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado

Visit - October 27, 2021

ADVANCING DISCOVERIES TO SPEED INTERVENTION

PODCAST WITH RON SOKOL AND EMILY DAVIES - JULY 13, 2021

Fourth Infantry Division Ceremony

Event: Fort Carson Army Base - July 2, 2021
Installing Deputy Commander and State of the Division Address.

Space Force Adds University of Colorado to Upcoming Partnership Program

Air Force Magazine - June 25, 2021
Kennedy said he’s “thrilled” that the University Partnership Program will involve both workforce development and research development​...

CU to join Space Force partnership

Boulder Daily Camera - June 25, 2021
The partnership program will also serve the Colorado Springs campus, said system President Mark Kennedy, with potential to expand to the Denver and Anschutz campuses.

Briefing with National Cybersecurity Center

Event: University of Colorado Colorado Springs - June 21, 2021

RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION TO MARK KENNEDY

UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY BOARD OF REGENTS - JUNE 17, 2021

COLORADO’S BEST MINDS + CU INNOVATORS = A BETTER FUTURE

PRESIDENT'S INNOVATION PODCAST - JUNE 8, 2021
President Mark Kennedy and host Emily Davies speak with serial entrepreneur, Stan Lapidus, about his accomplishments and insights on business collaboration in advancing health care, from ingenuity to implementation.

KENNEDY'S LEGACY WILL BE ADVANCES IN DIVERSITY AND CU'S ONLINE PROGRAMS

OP ED BY HANK BROWN - DENVER POST - MAY 29, 2021

CU INNOVATIONS BRINGS SCIENCES FROM INCEPTION TO IMPLEMENTATION

PODCAST WITH KIMBERLY MULLER - MAY 28, 2021

READING HOUSE MOUSE, SENATE MOUSE

EVENT: COMPOSITIVE SCHOOL - MAY 27, 2021
Building our democracy requires starting civics education early.

MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN

SPEECH: WORLD TRADE CENTER DENVER - WORLD TRADE DAY - MAY 21, 2021
"As the most significant player in the digital space, America has the most to gain or lose, but ironically, at exactly the worse time to do so, we opted to sit on the sidelines and complain as we continue to watch the rest of the world define the rules for us.

INTERVIEW: AMATEUR HOUR: PRESIDENTIAL CHARACTER AND THE QUESTION OF LEADERSHIP

CU BOULDER CONFERENCE ON WORLD AFFAIRS - MAY 20, 2021
Interview of Dr. Lara Brown regarding her new book.

THE EDUCATION CONTINUUM FOR COLORADO’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS

PANEL: COLORADO BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE - MAY 19, 2021

Interview: American in the World

CU Conference on World Affairs - April 5, 2021
Interviewing Bob Zoellick on his new book.

Future of U.S. Space Command

Event: Winter Night Club - March 31, 2021
Attended General “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Space Command and Commander, discuss the development and expansion of the U.S. Space Command/

Expanding the Springs' aerospace and defense impact

Coloardo Springs Gazette OpEd - March 23,2021
Op Ed with Frank Backes, Kevin O’Neil and Venkat Reddy

DEI THROUGH C-SUITE ACTIVISM

PANEL - FEBRUARY 9, 2021

Visit to the Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation

Event: Colorado Springs - January 22, 2021
Great collaboration by Kevin O'Neill and team that is fueling Colorado's #Aerospace industry.

Does freedom depend on technological leadership?

Speech: Winter Night Club - Colorado Springs - January 21, 2021
None of us have lived in a world where a democracy was not home to the most advanced technology. Only recently have we begun to worry about whether an autocratic nation could achieve technological leadership and what the consequences would be if it did.

REMARKS REGARDING WASHINGTON, D.C. RIOT

STATEMENT - JANUARY 6, 2021

UCCS' astronautical engineering program expanding with Anschutz Foundation donation

Article: Colorado Springs Gazette - December 16, 2020
“This gift will help grow our leadership in these areas for the benefit of the state and the nation,” he said in a statement.

Colorado uniquely positioned to serve Space Command's mission

OpEd: Denver Gazette - December 18, 2020
"Colorado’s powerful convergence of academic, industry, government and philanthropic assets set us apart from the pack. We are uniquely positioned to meet Space Command’s needs and help advance its mission and strategic priorities."

COMPETING IN THE NEXT ECONOMY

NATIONAL COMMISSION ON INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS FRONTIERS REPORT - DECEMBER 2020
Honored to be a member of this commission.

Space Command belongs here in Colorado Springs: State leaders make closing argument

Colorado Springs Gazette - December 16, 2020
"With the support and encouragement of The Anschutz Foundation, we plan to expand UCCS’ engineering building, allowing us to educate more engineers."

STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS

SPEECH - DECEMBER 11, 2020

UCCS to Educate More Cybersecurity Professionals

Event: Tour UCCS Cybersecurity - October 28, 2020

DISRUPTIVE EVOLUTION IN US POLITICS? THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS

G1 GLOBAL CONFERENCE - TOKYO - OCTOBER 11, 2020

Visit to Buckley Space Force Base

Event - August 31, 2020

REIMAGINING HIGHER EDUCATION IN A POST PANDEMIC COLORADO

PANEL - COLORADO BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE - AUGUST 5, 2020

CU closely watching progress of SpaceX

CU Connections - May 28, 2020

Tour Lockheed Space

Littleton, CO - November 12, 2019

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson

Commencement Speaker - University of North Dakota - May 11, 2019

Collegiate Drone Racing Championship

Competition held at University of North Dakota - April 14, 2019
Pleased to make UND the host university for teh Collegiate Drone Racing Championship Competition.

What Does Peace Through Strength Mean Today?

Panel at University of North Dakota - February 7, 2019
Geo-political and military experts with US Air Force and US Navy (Vice-Admiral Mike Franken) backgrounds converge on UND to discuss evolving meaning of “peace through strength”.

Five Vital Lessons From George H.W. Bush

Foreign Policy Op Ed - December 2, 2018

American Grand Strategy in an Age of Upheaval

Panel with Hal Brands - November 6, 2018

PREVENTING A GLOBAL TRADE WAR: IS IT TOO LATE?

PANEL - G1 GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN TOKYO - OCTOBER 14, 2018

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL FRACTURES IN AMERICA WOUNDS REMEDIES AND SCARS

PANEL - G1 GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN TOKYO - OCTOBER 14, 2018

U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka

Tour of US Navy Base in Tokyo - October 12, 2018
With George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management graduate Akiko Kawai.

PRIVATE SECTOR CAN PLAY CRITICAL ROLE IN EASING WORLD HUNGER

OP ED WITH RICHARD LEACH - MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE - OCTOBER 6, 2018

TOGETHER WE REACH HIGHER

UND SUMMER COMMENCEMENT AUGUST 3. 2018

Effectively Engaging China

Panel with Scott Kennedy - April 3, 2018

FROM JEDI TO LEADERS IN ACTION

UND COMMENCEMENT - DECEMBER 15, 2017

Lecturing at University of Bergen, Norway

Shapeholders - November 1, 2017

Lecture at University of Cambridge Judge Business School - UK

Shapeholders - October 30, 2017

Hosting Finland President Sauli Niinistö

Economic Club of Minnesota -- September 27, 2017
As Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota, it was an honor to host Finland's President.

American University in Cairo

Cairo, Egypt - August 12, 2017
Thanks to President Francis J. Ricciardone for tour.

Koç University's Graduate School of Business - Istanbul, Turkey

Teaching Business-Government Affairs Course - August 2017

Effectively Engaging Shapeholders Speech - Brazilian

Brasilia, Brazil - August 1, 2017
Hosted by the Brazilian Association of Institutional and Governmental Relations (Abrig) and the National Confederation of Industry (CNI)

Commissioning of USS Gerald Ford

Norfolk, VA - July 22, 2017

Size of Google EU Penalty Due to Early Missteps

Huffington Post Op-Ed, June 27, 2017

SHAPEHOLDERS - BUSINESS SUCCESS IN THE AGE OF ACTIVISM

BOOK - COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS - MAY 2017

Collaboration Discussions with Air Force

Grand Fork, ND - April 27, 2017
Hosted conversations between Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Reserve Affairs and Airman Readiness John Fedrigo and University of North Dakota Aerospace on collaboration in training Air Force pilots.

Awarding Champion of Free Trade Award to José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD and Bob Zoellick, former President of the World Bank

Economic Club of Minnesota - April 19, 2017

Leading in the Age of Activism

Morrison Lecture at UND - 2017

Cruise Aboard USS John C. Stennis

Pearl Harbor, HA to San Diego, CA. -August 3-11, 2016

Brexit Is a Russian Victory

Foreign Policy Op Ed - June 30, 2016
Russia is playing chess with the United States. The United States is playing checkers back.

Teaching at Tec de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico

Shapeholders - June 23, 2017

Presidential Election Landscape in the United States Speech

United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan - June 3, 2016

Teaching Global Immersion Program in Tokyo, Japan

George Washington University GSMP - June 2016
With students in Japan's Diet (Congress).

Behind the Scene of the 2016 Presidential Election Speech

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan - May 31, 2016

Teaching Global Immersion Program in Beijing China

George Washington University GSPM - May 2016
With students at Temple of Heaven.

Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs - Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Welcoming to George Washington University - March 29, 2016
With GW President Knapp

EUROPEAN UNION : DRIFTING APART DESPITE ECONOMIC RECOVERY?

PANEL WITH MICHAEL HEISE - FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Awarded Champion of Free Trade Award to former US Trade Representative Michael Froman

Economic Club of Minnesota - February 7, 2016

TURKEY’S NEW CONSTITUTION: RULES REQUIRE RIGHTS

FINANCIAL TIMES - JANUARY 21, 2016

Managing the Reputation of Institutions

Speech at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey - December 3, 2015

Trump's Right on Hacking, Wrong on Yuan

Op Ed - Wall Street Journal - November 15, 2015

Strengthening U.S. - Mexican Relations Speech - Mexico City

American Chamber of Commerce: Mexico - November 13, 2015

Hosted Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group

Economic Club of Minnesota - November 10, 2015
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota. Photo with student guests at the event.

Teaching at Koç University Graduate School of Business in Istanbul, Turkey

Business Government Affairs Course - August 2015

Teaching Global Immersion Course - Tokyo, Japan

George Washington University GSPM - June 5, 2015
With students learning about cultural importance of tea ceremononies in Japan.

Teaching Global Immersion Course - Beijing, China

George Washington University GSPM - May 29, 2015
With students at China's National People's Congress

Teaching Global Immersion Course- Seoul, Korea

George Washington University GSPM - May 25, 2015
With students at Yonsei University

George Washington University Commencement

Address as Director of Graduate School of Political Management - May 16, 2015

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Address to Joint Session of Congress - April 29, 2015

Hosting David Johnston Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada

Economic Club of Minnesota - April 27, 2015
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chair of the Economic Club of Minneosta.

Hosting Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda

Economic Club of Minnesota - April 19, 2015
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota.

Awarding former US Trade Representative Carla Hills the Champion of Free Trade Award

Economic Club of Minnesota - April 13, 2015

Future Focus - the 2016 Elections and the Transatlantic Partnership

United States Embassy in Vienna, Austria - March 17, 2015

Lecturing at University of Vienna, Austria

Making Democracy Work - March 17, 2015

Hosting Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson

Economic Club of Minnesota - January 23, 2015
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota.

Teaching Global Immersion Program in London, UK

George Washington University GSPM - December 2014
With students and Lord Jamie Borwick at Westminster Palace.

The Promise and Peril of Falling Oil Prices

Foreign Policy Op Ed - December 5, 2014

How to Fix Brazil’s Broken Economy

Foreign Policy Op Ed with Joshua Kempf - October 23, 2014

Speech to Canon Institute for Global Studies - Tokyo

Impact of U.S. Mid-Term Elections of Foreign Affairs - October 17, 2014

Speech to Japan Association of New Economy - Tokyo

Navigating Political Frontiers - October 17, 2014

Visit to Seoul, South Korea

Prepare for George Washington Univeristy Course - October 8, 2014
In Gyeongbokgung Palace.

IS PERSUASION A LOST ART?

BOOK CHAPTER: IS PERSUASION A LOST ART? - 2014

As Ukraine Heats Up, America Needs to Take the Lead

Foreign Policy Op Ed - July 18, 2014

The EU Elections Were a Cry for Reform

Foreign Policy Op Ed - May 30, 2014

H.E.Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, UAE's Minister of International Cooperation

Meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - May 7, 2014
The Sheikha also served as President of Zayed University. Discussed possible collaborations with George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.

Parks Tau, Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa

Meeting in Johannesburg - May 4, 2014
Met to prepare for a immersion course in South Africa by students from George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

CHAPTER: PURSUING PURPOSEFUL PROFIT - APRIL 2014

Teaching Global Immersion Program in Brazil

George Washington University GSPM - March 2014
With students in front of Brazil's Capitol.

EXPAND TRADE, IMPROVE ECONOMY

OP ED WITH MACK MCLARTY - USA TODAY - FEBRUARY 12, 2014

Awarding Champion of Free Trade Award to former MN Congressman Bill Frenzel

Economic Club of Minnesota - January 28. 2014
Photo with former Congressman Tim Penny, Congressman Erik Paulsen and President Clinton's former Chief of Staff Mac McLarty.

Path Forward for Trade Speech - Beijing

American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing - January 16, 2014

Lecture at Global Business School - Tokyo, Japan

Peak Leadership - January 14, 2014

Lunch with Members of Japan's Diet (House of Representatives)

Tokyo - Discussing US-Japanese Relations - January 14, 2014

National Assembly Proceeding Hall - Seoul, South Korea

Meet with Legislator - Tour of Hall - January 13, 2014

Teaching Global Immersion Course in Hong Kong

George Washington University GSPM - January 2014

World Trade Organization Ministerial - Bali

Bali, Indonesia - December 3-4, 2013
With Arancha Gonzalez - then the head of the International Trade Centre, later Foreign Minister for Spain.

Hosting GWU Alumni Gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia

George Washington Univeristy Alums - December 2, 2013

Teaching Global Immersion Program in Brussels, Belgium

George Washington University GSPM - November 2013
With students in Brussels' La Grand Place.

Speech to American Chamber in Hong Kong

US-China Relations - September 10, 2013

Teaching Global Immersion Program in Istanbul, Turkey

George Washington University GSPM - August 2013
With students in front of Hagia Sophia.

Snowden Affair Shows America Must Work Harder to Lead

Foreign Policy Op Ed - August 2, 2013

Commencement - University of Navarra - Pamplona Spain

Congratulatory Remarks - June 29, 2013

Palacio de las Cortes - Spanish Congress of Deputies Tour

Madrid, Spain - June 27, 2013

Speech to American Chamber in Brussels

US-EU Relations - June 25, 2013

Unilateral Taxation Framework Harms America

HuffPost Op-Ed, May 21, 2013

Hosting Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny

Hosted for Speech at George Washington University - May 19, 2013
Hosted as Director of the Graduate School of Political Management

George Washington Univeristy Commencement

Address as Director of the Graduate School of Political Management - May 18, 2013

Atlantic trade accord could be boom or bust for U.S.

Foreign Policy Op Ed - February 22, 2013

Honoring the U.S. Constitution's Ideals

Former Member of Congress - National Archives - July 10, 2012

Business in a Political Age Speech

IDFA Conference - May 6, 2012

Hosted Pacal Lamy, Director-General of World Trade Organization

Economic Club of Minnesota - April 17, 2012
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota.

Teaching at HEC-Paris, France

Business in a Political Age - October 2011

Making Trends Friends Speech

São Paulo, Brazil - September 22, 2011
London Business School Alumni at Fundação Getulio Vargas

Hosting Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke

Economic Club of Minnesota - September 8, 2011
Hosted as Co-Founder and Chairiman of the Economic Club of Minnesota

Lecturing at Mannheim Business School, Germany

Focus to Finish First - May 9, 2011

Lecturing at London Business School - UK

Focus to Finish First - March 10, 2011

Lecture on Business Ethics in Doha, Qatar

HEC Business School - March 8, 2011

World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China

Annual Meeting of New Champions - September 13-15, 2010

Lecture to National University of Singapore Business School

Focus to Finish First - September 7, 2010

Meeting with Sam Pitroda in New Delhi, India

Advisor to Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations - September 3, 2010
Joining Sam Pitroda at a wedding ceremony in New Delhi.

Lakenheath Air Base, UK

Lakenheath, UK - July 28, 2010

Naval Air Station Pensacola

Pensacola, FL - April, 2010

Naval Station Newport

Newport, RI - March, 2010

Navy Walter Reed Medical Center

Bethesda, MD - August 1, 2009

Hosting German Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger

Economic Club of Minnesota - April 2009
As Co-Founder and Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota, honored to host the Amb. Ischinger, founder of the Munich Security Forum.

Commissioning of USS George HW Bush

Norfolk, VA - January 10, 2009

Business Visit to New Delhi, India

October 22-23, 2008

Oracle Retail Industry Day in Dubai, UAE

As Global Business Development Lead for Accenture - October 20, 2008

Hosted UK Member of Parliament Liam Fox

Economic Club of Minnesota - October 16, 2008
Future Secretary of State for Defense, the Board of Trade and International Trade.

World Food Business Summit in Munich, Germany

As Global Retail Business Development Lead at Accenture - June 18-20, 2008

Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Promotion Mission to China

November 2007
Meeting with China's Ministry of Commerce.

Presidential Appointment to Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation

May 14, 2007

About Mark

Opening Ad for U.S. Senate Race - July 25, 2006

Congressional Visit to Iraq

CODEL - November, 2005
Photo with US Marines in Baghdad

Bangkok - Phetchabun, Thailand

State Department Sponsored Visit - June 2005
Lunch at Ambassador's residence. Visit to Hmong refugee camp in Phetchabun.

Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian

State Department Sponsored Visit - June 2005
Met in Taipei as Congressman.

North Korea DMZ Joint Security Area

Visited - June 2, 2005
Photo in Joint Security Area conference room with North Korean soldier observing through the window.

US Forces in Korea

Visited in Seoul on State Department Mission - June 2, 2005
Army General Leon Laporte

American Chamber in Seoul, South Korea

State Department Sponsored Visit - June 2, 2005

Shanghai Stock Exchange

State Department Sponsored Visit - June 1, 2005

Minnesota Club in Shanghai, China

State Department Sponsored Visit - June 1, 2005

Visit to 3M Shanghai

State Department Sponsored Visit - June 1, 2005

Foreign Minister of China - Yang Jiechi

State Department Sponsored Visit - May, 2005
Visited Yang Jiechi in Beijing as Congressman following his service as Ambassador to the United States.

Yokota Ảir Base - Japan

Celebrated Holiday Meal with Family - December 28, 2004

Congressional Visit to Iraq

CODEL - August, 2004
Being Breifed by US Army Genearl George W. Casey Jr. in Baghdad, Iraq.

US Marines - Fallujah, Iraq

Congressional Visit - August 16, 2004
Briefed by US Marine General James T. Conway

Albania Prime Minister Fatos Nano

Visit to Tirana, Albania - February 17, 2004
With Congressman Gil Gutknecht and Ambassadodr James Jeffries

Minnesota Army National Guard - Peacekeepers in Bosnia

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - February 16, 2004

Congressional Visit to Iraq - Kuwait

Bipartisan CODEL - August 24-28, 2003

Air National Guard C-130 Rides to / From Iraq

2003, 2004, 2005

Commissioning of USS Ronald Reagan

Norfolk, VA - July 12, 2003

Commencement Address - St. John's University

Collegeville, Minnesota - May 2002

Minnesota Air National Guard

Visited December 1, 2001

USS Enterprise

Visit at Sea - November 9, 2001
Joined Secretary of the Navy Gordon England in welcoming home sailors who "kicked the door open" on the War on Terror.

USS John F. Kennedy

Overnight Visit at Sea - July 14, 2001

Naval Submarine Base New London

Toured Base - USS Connecticut - Groton, CT - March, 2001