MBL Falmouth Forum - "Iceland, an Ambassador's Perspective, Robert Cushman Barber

Start: 
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Marine Biological Laboratory Lillie Auditorium 7 MBL Street Woods Hole,MA 02543
Category: 
Free

Lecture Abstract:

Robert Cushman Barber served as US ambassador to Iceland from Jan 2, 2015 until Jan 20, 2017, a noncareer appointee by President Obama to this position. He will describe the roles of an ambassador and functions of an overseas embassy, some particular and unique aspects of serving in Iceland, related in part to the country and its peoples’ focus upon ingenuity and innovation in utilization of natural resources (renewable energy deep below the surface and fish/shellfish from the sea). Barber will also review/describe the special geostrategic significance to the US of Iceland, historically and currently, and the resulting close bilateral relationship, and typically close collaboration in multilateral fora, ranging from NATO to the Arctic Council (the organization of the governments of 8 nations within the Arctic Circle). And he will offer anecdotes from his service, evaluating effectiveness of “beer diplomacy” and participation in activities of the Cadillac Club of Iceland.

Robert C. Barber was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 12, 2014, and sworn in by Vice President Biden on January 8, 2015, as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland. Prior to this, he was a partner at Looney & Grossman LLP, a law firm in Boston, Massachusetts, where he focused primarily on issues of start-up, small and medium-size companies and commercial litigation, and served many of these companies in the role of outside general counsel. He is now a partner at Prince Lobel Tye LLP in the Corporate Practice Group.

Ambassador Barber is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in Massachusetts and New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court, and is a member of the Boston Bar, the New York Bar and the American Bar Associations. He has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martin-Hubbell. In 2006, 2013 and 2014 he was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.

Ambassador Barber was until recently Treasurer of the Social Law Library, and served on the Library’s Board of Trustees since 1998. He has long been active in his local community, having led a variety of service projects and having coached youth sports and served as a ward committeeman in his hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition, Ambassador Barber has participated in state-wide and national political campaigns.