One of Boston’s great strengths lies in its power as a con­vening city – a global cross­roads that brings together people from all walks of life, often in intel­lec­tual endeavors. And who better than three ambas­sadors, whose careers cov­ered half the world, to describe the remark­able paths that led them to Boston.

Friedrich Loehr was Germany’s Ambas­sador to North Korea, and also served in Bei­jing, Sudan, and Algeria, among many other places. Bak­tybek Beshimov hails from far-​​off Kyr­gyzstan, and served as its ambas­sador to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. And Boston’s own Barry White is so fresh from his four-​​year stint as the U.S. Ambas­sador to Norway that he hasn’t even had time to unpack. All three described for North­eastern stu­dents Thursday night what it means to prac­tice diplo­macy in a global age.

White, who spent 40 years at Foley Hoag – 13 of them as CEO — before ven­turing into diplo­macy, was clear about how his legal training pre­pared him. “It’s all about con­necting with people,” he said. White is also a great example of someone who offered his time and talent at the local level, lending his lead­er­ship to orga­ni­za­tions such as the Greater Boston Chamber of Com­merce and the Mass­a­chu­setts Alliance for Inter­na­tional Busi­ness, and then having the vision to take those very Amer­ican values to an inter­na­tional level.

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