PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum is celebrating its 25th anniversary by welcoming Jake Sullivan, former national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden in the Obama administration, for a program on U.S. diplomacy: “Foreign Policy and the 2020 Election.”
The program, at the Wentworth By the Sea hotel on Nov. 3 at 2 p.m., also recognizes the anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s Nobel Peace Prize for orchestrating the Portsmouth Peace Treaty. The program is free and open to the public.
“The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum makes connections between the history that happened in Portsmouth in 1905 to end the Russo-Japanese War, and the idea that citizen diplomacy is both possible and critical to the 21st century global community, by hosting policymakers and influencers in diplomacy like Jake Sullivan, ‘in the spirit of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty,’” said Charles B. Doleac, forum chairman and senior partner at Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott PA.
Setsuo Ohmori, the new Consul General of Japan in Boston, is expected to attend along with some of the students and teachers visiting from Nichinan, Japan, the sister city of Portsmouth and Nichinan Gakuen Junior-Senior High School, the sister school to Portsmouth High School.
The forum was founded in 1994 to explore diplomatic themes “in the spirit of The Portsmouth Peace Treaty.” Since then, it has hosted senior diplomats including ambassadors Dennis Ross, Samantha Power and National Security Council member Fiona Hill.
Sullivan served in the Obama administration for six years and is the author of a January 2019 article for The Atlantic magazine, “American Exceptionalism, Reclaimed,” and an August 2019 article in Foreign Affairs, “Competition with China without Catastrophe.”
In 2008, during the presidential primary cycle, Sullivan served as an adviser to Hillary Clinton. He became her deputy chief of staff and the U.S. Director of Policy Planning when Clinton began her role as Secretary of State. After Clinton left that role in 2013, Sullivan was named National Security Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. He later joined the faculty at Yale.
According to his Montgomery Fellows biography at Dartmouth College, where he will be teaching in the spring, “Sullivan is a renowned American policymaker and analyst for international affairs. Among his major diplomatic achievements are the opening to Iran that led to the negotiation of the Iran nuclear pact” signed in November 2013.
The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum supports ongoing research, the website PortsmouthPeaceTreaty.org, an exhibit in the John Paul Jones House museum, a lecture series and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Living Memorial Cherry Trees around the state.