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Rescheduled: March 7 talk considers “The New Cold War – NATO, Russia and the Re-division of Europe”

Former ambassador John M. Koenig discusses current state of relations

Post Date:02/17/2017 10:04 a.m.

Bellingham, Wash. – Whatcom Community College (WCC) history and political science faculty and the Politics Club invite the public to a presentation by former United States amabassador John M. Koenig. He will discuss “The New Cold War – NATO, Russia, and the Re-division of Europe”  5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Heiner Theater on WCC’s campus.

Koenig will discuss the current state of relations among Russia, the United States and Europe. He will present the idea that a new Cold War is underway between Russia, on the one hand, and the U.S. and EU on the other.  Koenig will consider how we arrived at this point, the dangers of the present situation, and if the new Cold War will have the global reach of the last one.

Ambassador Koenig’s experience in the U.S. foreign service spans three decades.  He has served as political advisor to the NATO Joint Forces Command in Naples, Italy; as deputy chief of mission in Berlin; and as deputy permanent representative to the U.S. Mission at NATO.  Most recently Koenig served as U.S. ambassador in Nicosia, Cyprus.  In 2011, he received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award in recognition of the policy and leadership roles he has played in Berlin and at USNATO.

This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 9 but was cancelled and rescheduled due to inclement weather. 

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve 11,000 students annually. On its campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer and professional-technical degrees as well as basic education, job skills training, and community and continuing education classes. The College will offer a BAS degree in IT Networking, beginning fall 2017. Based on student outcomes, the Aspen Institute recognizes Whatcom as one of the top community and technical colleges in Washington and among the nation’s leading two-year colleges. For more information, visit

Contact: Mary Vermillion, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310,

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