|National Security Council Rep.||
Tanter was part of a team advising the president on national security
Learn how attending a high school full of diversity led to a career of protecting the U.S. through diplomacy.
In an age of the Internet and the global economy, what differentiates multi-ethnic nations that do not experience inter-ethnic conflict from those that have experienced such conflict?
does globalization affect living standards and poverty and a country's
ability to set economic policies, including efforts to help less-developed
Considering a career in Foreign Affairs...
you were a teen what did you want to be?
and how did you become interested in foreign affairs?
Hearing multilingual families encouraged me to study foreign languages, visit other countries, and specialize in the field of international relations.
extracurricular activities did you participate in during high school?
did those activities help you in the future?
I had the good fortune to serve as personal representative of the Secretary of Defense to arms control talks in Europe. As a result, I acquired an intense love for music. Based in Vienna, this position allowed me to travel to Helsinki, Stockholm, and Madrid. The quality of my life during this period as a diplomat was high because of the privilege of living in Vienna. It was the ultimate musical melting pot.
As noted by many commentators, Viennese composers fused their music out of Austrian, Czech, Hungarian, and Gypsy themes. Indeed, Viennese culture has a talent for blending disparate parts into a harmonious whole. The Viennese metaphor has become a theme for my life in the sense of giving me an appreciation for the importance of a diversity of ideas, cultures, and people in the good life.
language courses help for a career in foreign affairs?
Given the high immigration rate of Hispanics into the States, however, I should have paid more attention to Spanish language courses I took in high school.
other kinds of courses do you suggest for high school students that
are interested in your line of work?
is the role of the National Security Council in resolving disputes between
nations or world leaders?
There is a distinction between the Council and the staff. I was a member of the staff. The president, vice president, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense are statutory members of the Council.
was the most difficult or challenging part of working on the National
did you like most about that job?
were the most interesting people you met?
What was it like to advise the president? Heady!
do you think the biggest foreign affairs problems facing the world will
advice would you give to minority students hoping to pursue a career
in foreign affairs?
-- interview conducted May 2002
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