For Immediate Release
July 18, 2017
Contact: Kristina Brown, Director of External Relations
360.786.7707 | Kristina.Brown@ltgov.wa.gov
Lt. Governor Habib Selected as Member of Council on Foreign Relations
OLYMPIA– Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib has been selected to serve as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the pre-eminent non-partisan American think tank on U.S. foreign policy.
Comprised of prominent U.S. government officials, academics, business leaders, and members of the intelligence community, the mission of the Council on Foreign Relations is to provide guidance on global issues facing the U.S. and the international community. The Council on Foreign Relations has operated for almost 100 years as one of the most influential public policy organizations in the United States, and publishes the leading international relations journal, Foreign Affairs, which has featured the work of such foreign policy leaders as Samuel Huntington, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton.
“Washington state has a proud tradition of supporting international engagement, promoting our diverse, trade-based economy, and establishing strong friendships abroad,” said Habib, upon learning of his selection. “I am honored to join an organization that for nearly a century has spearheaded these efforts on the global stage, and am grateful to Congressman Norm Dicks and my other nominators for supporting my membership.”
In his position as Lt. Governor, Habib has prioritized trade and international relations. For example, earlier this year he represented Washington state as the keynote speaker for the US-Alberta Trade Summit. In addition to chairing the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations, serving as an active member of the Consular Association of Washington, and serving as a board director of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, Habib represents Washington state at international trade summits, on trade missions, and to visiting foreign dignitaries, where he has consistently promoted Washington’s many exporting commercial sectors.