NatSec Nightcap with Ambassador Rosemary Banks


Thanks for joining us for a conversation with New Zealand Ambassador to the U.S., Ambassador Rosemary Banks, about bilateral relations with this important U.S. ally – including how to counter China together – and how the new administration may strengthen the Five Eyes alliance.


  • Ambassador Rosemary Banks, New Zealand Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director, National Security Institute

Speaker Bios: 


Ambassador Rosemary Banks has had a forty year career in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including six previous overseas assignments.  She was Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2005–2009) and Ambassador to France and Portugal and New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the OECD (2010-2014).  Rosemary earlier served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Honiara and Canberra.  As Deputy Secretary in New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), Rosemary was responsible for multilateral, legal and consular affairs.  Prior to her appointment as Ambassador to the United States, Rosemary served as a Crown negotiator for the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process.  She was also a member of the Council of the University of Canterbury and a Senior Adjunct Fellow in the Department of Political Science.  Rosemary has provided diplomatic trade craft training for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Treasury, the New Zealand Defence Force and the Papua New Guinea Department of Foreign Affairs.


Jamil N. Jaffer is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.  Jamil is also Senior Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology products startup founded by Gen (ret.) Keith B. Alexander, the former Director of the National Security Agency and Founding Commander of U.S. Cyber Command.  In addition, Jamil is an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, a strategic advisory firm; 4iQ, a deep and dark web intelligence startup; Duco, a technology platform startup that connects corporations with geopolitical and international business experts; and Amber, a digital authentication and verification startup.


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