Inside the Room: Attorney-Diplomats at work on U.S. Foreign Relations (Part Two)


The Washington Foreign Law Society presents the second of a two-part series featuring Mark B. Feldman and Jeffrey H. Smith, former government attorneys with decades of experience in foreign affairs. This series focuses on the interplay between law and policy on major international events and crises. In part two of the series, Mr. Feldman will interview Mr. Smith on three matters. First, his role as a counsel to the Joint Congressional Committee investigating the Iran-Contra scandal in 1986-1987. Second, his efforts at State in conducting multiple "Spy Trades" in Berlin with Wolfgang Vogel, the East German Lawyer, that culminated in the release of Soviet dissident Anatoly Sharansky in 1986. Third, as the U.S. trial observer in the 1980 trial of Korean politician Kim Dae Jung and US efforts to obtain Mr. Kim's release. (Kim was later elected President of the Republic of Korea and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000).

Date and Location

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm