Christian Whiton speaks at San Diego Committee on Foreign Relations event in RSF

The San Diego Committee on Foreign Relations, an affiliate of the American Committees on Foreign Relations (, held a reception and dinner Dec. 3 at the RSF Golf Club.

Guest speaker Christian Whiton, a principal with D.C. International Advisory, spoke on “Smart Power and a New World Order.” Whiton has extensive experience with international business, finance, politics, and foreign policy issues. He is the author of “Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War.”

Before joining DCIA, Whiton served as a U.S. State Department official from 2003-2009, first as a special adviser to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, and then as a deputy special envoy. Whiton advised the Under Secretary on strategic communications and public affairs. He helped establish the Office of the Special Envoy, and acted as the senior policy adviser on North Korean human rights and transnational issues, working with Asian and European governments and numerous international organizations.

The San Diego Committee on Foreign Relations is a “non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting dialogue between local leadership and American foreign-policy makers.”

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