Louis Susman, Former United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
"Transatlantic Alliance: Past, Present and Future"
On Nov. 13, students, friends and community members gathered to hear Louis Susman, former United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, present “The Transatlantic Alliance: Past, Present and Future” at the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology Success to Significance Speaker Series. Appointed by President Barack Obama, Susman served in this capacity from 2009 to 2013.
Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the Walker School, opened the event by welcoming Susman to Webster University and sharing background on his life and career. “A longtime support of Democratic Party candidates, he is regarded as one of the most prolific fundraisers in the history of American politics,” Akande said. “His experience in global corporate business laid the groundwork for something even more profound; an opportunity to serve his country to advance America’s interest abroad.” Read Akande’s full remarks.
During his presentation, Ambassador Susman shared stories from his ambassadorship, including his interactions with President Obama, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Ambassador of China, among others. He also offered his perspective on Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and noted the strength of the United States’ alliance with the United Kingdom. “Our relationship (with the United Kingdom) is the strongest it has ever been, especially given the history of the alliance,” he said. “The United States and the United Kingdom are in lockstep – bound by our unshakable belief in liberty, equality, universal rights and human dignity."
View photos from the event. Read the article, "Lou Susman, top Democratic financier and former ambassador, talks politics and foreign affairs," in the St. Louis Beacon to learn more.