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Thomas Hanson

Diplomat in Residence
109 Cina Hall
(218) 726-7753


About me

Thomas Hanson is a former career Foreign Service Officer.  While with the U.S. Department of State his foreign postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and Georgia.  He also assisted in opening new embassies in Mongolia and Estonia. Mr. Hanson has also worked on the Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. 

Most recently, he was Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C.  Currently he serves as Program Secretary of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations and as a lecturer/consultant for the Great Decisions program at the Minnesota International Center.  He is an occasional foreign affairs commentator on Minnesota Public Radio.

Mr. Hanson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in International Relations.  He holds graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; the Geneva Institute of Advanced International Studies in Switzerland; and the National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris, France.