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Hugh T. Dugan
Hugh T. Dugan

Wed, Sep 13


University Club of Santa Barbara

Hugh T. Dugan

Topic: Hostage Politics in International Relations

Online Registration Closed
Call 805-252-4952 for info

Time & Location

Sep 13, 2023, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

University Club of Santa Barbara, 1332 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

About the event


3:00pm Check-in

3:15pm Call to Order and Announcements

3:30pm Program and Q&A

4:30pm Patio Reception with light refreshments and hosted wine

Hugh T. Dugan is an international affairs practitioner and scholar having served in the diplomatic corps, senior executive service, academia, and media for 38 years.

Mr. Dugan served in the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Organization Affairs in 2020.  He served as Acting Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs in 2019 managing US diplomatic engagements in that sensitive operational sphere.  His leadership in that all-of-Government effort produced an unprecedented momentum of recoveries, a strengthening of US policy and capacity, and improved methods of work with hostages’ families, US Congress, and associated actors.

An international affairs scholar and an expert on United States participation in the United Nations Organization, he served in the US Diplomatic Corps from 1983 to 2015, including twenty-six years as US Delegate to the UN and senior adviser to eleven US Ambassadors to the UN. Mr. Dugan provides expert commentary for a variety of electronic and print outlet; as well as serves as Fellow to the Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies at Seton Hall University. While a Visiting Scholar there 2015 through 2018, Mr. Dugan taught graduate courses on the UN Reforms.  He is the founder of the Truce Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Princeton, New Jersey, that advocates for fostering diplomatic relationships through sport, modeled after the Olympic Truce.

Mr. Dugan earned degrees and honors from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (BSFS), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (MALD), the Wharton School of Business (MBA); and the International Olympic Academy (Olympia, Greece).

This program is generously sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Trust Company

Registration Requested by Saturday, September 9th

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