War in Ukraine is focus of April 25 Rosenmeier forum in Brainerd

Tom Hanson is a diplomat in residence at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

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Tom Hanson will be guest speaker at the April 25, 2022 Rosenmeier forum in Brainerd.

BRAINERD — Tom Hanson, a diplomat in residence at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, will present a forum on “The Global Impact of War in Ukraine” at noon and 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

This is a forum for the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government. Rosenmeier forums are free and open to the public.

The YouTube livestream link for the meeting will be

A frequent presenter of foreign policy forums for the Rosenmeier center, Hanson noted the significance of the current war. He previously has conducted Rosenmeier forums on topics such as China and foreign policy and the 2018 mid-term elections.

“The brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine is sending tremors through a world economy and geopolitics already destabilized by the COVID pandemic,” he said in a news release. “This program will assess the implications of today’s crises on a wide range of issues, including energy and food price inflation, deglobalization, the future role of the dollar and the risk of nuclear escalation.”


Hanson, whose U.S. State Department postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, serves as diplomat in residence at the Alworth Institute for International Affairs at UMD.

The diplomat has participated in the opening of new U.S. embassies in Mongolia and Estonia, worked on the Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and served as director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He serves as chair of the Minnesota Committee on Foreign Relations and as co-chair of the Minnesota China Business Council. He is a past board member of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and past director at the Institute for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Rosenmeier center was formed at Central Lakes College in 1989, in recognition of Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier’s 30-year contribution as a Minnesota state legislator from Little Falls. He authored legislation which created the state Planning Agency, the Department of Corrections, the Pollution Control Agency and the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.

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