IMTD is delighted that Congress approved the Iran Nuclear Deal. U.S. credibility as promoters of the deal and our ability to form a military coalition if necessary in the future, will depend on our follow through going forward. In the run up
to passage, I had the good fortune to participate in a public forum regarding what is more officially known as the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” at the University of Southern Maine (USM) in Portland, Maine.
IMTD supported the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and wants to particularly salute the multi-track diplomacy of Senator Angus King (I-ME), former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, and former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns, for their adroit analysis and courageous stance on the issue. They exemplify the best in U.S. politics and diplomacy. We believe theirs is a robust example of how multi-track diplomacy can be used to bolster political capital in favor of international peace and rule of law.
On September 23, 2015, Ambassador (ret.) John W. McDonald addressed 50 senior high school students from all over the country, brought to Washington, D.C. by the National Youth and Leadership Forum, to look at and learn about aspects of National Security, Intelligence, Defense and Diplomacy. After hearing from Ambassador McDonald about life as a career diplomat, work in international organizations such as the United Nations and its specialized agencies as well as the steadily growing influence of non-government agencies in the field of conflict resolution, the students had an opportunity to use the remaining time for a question and answer period which testified to their great interest in serving their country and their willingness to learn to utilize tools of critical thinking, analysis and reflection to achieve their individual goals. Several students stayed behind to ask further questions."