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Ulrich Reineke Joins U-Idaho as Visiting Distinguished Practitioner of International Affairs

Tuesday, January 18 2011

Reineke is a German naval captain and part of NATO Joint Command

Written by Donna Emert

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Martin School of International Studies will host Ulrich Reineke, the 2011 Visiting Distinguished Practitioner of International Affairs, on the University of Idaho campus beginning Monday, Jan. 24.

A German Naval Captain and experienced practitioner of international diplomacy, Reineke currently is the head of the Knowledge Support Section with the NATO Joint Command in Naples, Italy, following stints with the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, Germany’s Joint Capabilities program and at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Reineke will offer a public lecture titled, “NATO in the 21st Century,” from 4-5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, in the University Auditorium, 851 Campus Dr. in Moscow. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is free and open to the public.

“Ulrich Reineke’s knack for intergovernmental and interagency work has resulted in a series of international assignments, where his ability to work with and through people from a variety of national and ideological backgrounds has been paramount,” said Bill Smith, director of the Martin Institute and the Martin School of International Studies. “NATO remains our most important international alliance, and Capt. Reineke’s lecture will provide us with a glimpse of where this cornerstone of common defense is headed.”

Reineke will speak about NATO’s functioning structure of military personnel, taking into account all branches and all member countries. He will illustrate how this international organization works together, both in battle and in diplomatic settings.

Established in 2010, the Visiting Distinguished Practitioner of International Affairs program in the Martin School of International Studies provides opportunities for the University of Idaho community to interact with people who have served their country and the global community at the highest diplomatic levels.

In addition to his public presentation on Monday, Reineke is scheduled to meet with students on campus through Thursday, Jan. 27. He will talk with the University of Idaho International Affairs Club, International Studies majors, students of international politics and international law, student co-editors of the Journal of the Martin School of International Studies, German-speaking students, freshman International Studies seminar classes, and selected Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC cadets.

The VDPIA program also strives to provide ROTC students with unique contexts and applications for their training, illustrating the many career possibilities open to them. In 2010, former U.S. Middle East Ambassador Ryan Crocker served as the inaugural VDPIA, discussing Department of State/ Department of Defense cooperation. With Reineke’s visit, the Martin School hopes to provide insights into the structure and functions of NATO.
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