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Thursday, April 25
North Korea and Global SecurityGovernor Bill Richardson, The Howard H. Baker Jr Center for Public Policy, Knoxville
Baker Center Luncheon
12:00 PM — 1:30 PM, Southern Depot (corner of Depot and Gay Street), Knoxville
Contact: Nissa Dahlin-Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org ), 865-974-0931
AbstractGovernor Bill Richardson has had a distinguished government career for more than 28 years. Today, as a private citizen, he continues to work on issues related to public policy, energy and the environment, and international relations, most recently visiting North Korea with Google chief, Eric Schmidt.
Richardson served two terms as Governor of New Mexico, 2003-2011. He made New Mexico the Clean Energy State, by requiring utilities to meet 20% of New Mexico's electrical demand from renewable sources and he established a Renewable Energy Transmission Authority. Richardson also served as US Secretary of Energy from 1998-2001 under President Bill Clinton and as Ambassador to the United Nations from 1997-1998. Prior to that, he was a US Congressman from New Mexico from 1983-1997. While a congressman, he successfully won the release of hostages, American servicemen and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba and Sudan.