Thursday, July 21, 2016

Kevin Gerdes in Croatia

Kevin Gerdes, a retired Brigadier General, PNLC faculty member, and current Director of the Master of Public Affairs (MPA), traveled to Croatia with the Minnesota National Guard in April – his second trip over the past two years. While the MN Guard has enjoyed a 20-year “Partnership for Peace” military-to-military relationship with Croatia, the objective of his trip was to develop civilian partnerships that help advance public governance in this Eastern European country. While in Croatia Gerdes made a presentation at the International Crisis Management Conference on public-private collaboration by critical infrastructure protection partners. He was also a guest lecturer at the University of Zagreb where he presented on executive leadership during crises. 

The Dean of the Political Science department at the University of Zagreb expressed interest in seeking new international engagement opportunities and was excited to learn about the international focus at the Humphrey School. As a result of this visit, Gerdes and the Humphrey School will be hosting the Dean and another professor from the University of Zagreb during an October 2016 visit to Minnesota. Other partnership opportunities being explored include joint participation in the University of Minnesota’s fall simulation humanitarian assistance exercise, student/faculty exchange, and development of curriculum for a summer 2017 academy in Croatia that focuses on crisis management.

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