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National security adviser Robert O’Brien to speak at Salt Lake symposium

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National security adviser Robert O’Brien speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration’s restoration of sanctions on Iran on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. Standing behind O’Brien are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper. O’Brien will headline a symposium in Salt Lake City Oct. 8 on global peace and stability.

Patrick Semansky, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — National security adviser Robert O’Brien will headline a symposium in Salt Lake City next week on global peace and stability.

The Hatch Center — the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation — will put on the Oct. 8 event, which also includes Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former U.S. ambassador to Russia and China.

Hatch, who retired from the U.S. Senate in 2018, said Utah has long played a critical role defending the country’s interests. O’Brien, he said, will share his thoughts on the state as both as a key player in national security and as a rising economy on the global stage.

O’Brien is President Donald Trump’s fourth national security adviser, having assumed the post in September 2019.

At the time of his appointment, O’Brien was the administration’s chief hostage negotiator. He worked closely with the families of American hostages and advised administration officials on hostage issues.

O’Brien’s visit to Utah comes on the heels of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signing a diplomatic agreement with Israel. He played an integral role in that effort and has helped shape the White House’s foreign policy since 2018, said Matt Sandgren, Hatch Foundation executive director.

Huntsman will talk about U.S. foreign policy to meet new challenges in Russia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Other participants in the symposium are David Stirling, the CEO of doTerra International; industrialist Khosrow Semnani; Silicon Slopes executive board director Carine Clark; and Josh Holt, a former prisoner in Venezuela.