Bio and Publications

A  journalist, political scientist and teacher who has written and lectured extensively on international affairs, government/media relations and government accountability, Dag Ryen has professional experience at all levels of government: local, state, national and international, and 25 years of editorial experience.  He has held senior management positions with responsibility for budgets of up to $2 million and a staff of up to 25.  He began his career as foreign correspondent for the Norwegian News Service (NTB), and spent more than a decade as executive editor for the Council of State Governments, where he oversaw the monthly magazine, State Government News, and numerous other publications.  Prior to his retirement in 2006, he was a senior director at the Kentucky League of Cities while also teaching international affairs at the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.  In retirement, he spends his time hiking, traveling and leading occasional seminars for Renesan in Santa Fe.

Selected Publications:

“American States Confront the World: New Options in International Affairs,” Diplomatic Studies Programme, No. 45, Leicester University, Leicester, England, 1998.

“The ABCs of World Trade: A Handbook for State Officials,” with Susan Zelle, The Council of State Governments, Lexington, Ky., 1997.

“Indiana to India,” Foreign Service Journal, Vol. 37, April, 1997.

“State Action in a Global Framework,” The Book of the States, Vol. 31, The Council of State Governments, Lexington, Ky., 1996.

“The American States in the Global Arena,” Proceedings of the Second Transatlantic Conference, The Atlantic Academy, Kaiserslautern, Germany, 1996. 

“Lights Out for the Territories?” Utne Reader, No. 59, September-October, 1993.

Traces: The Story of Lexington’s Past, Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission, Lexington, Ky., 1987.

This Trembling Land, The Helicon Company, Lexington, Ky., 1982 (Juvenile novel). 

Hamre, Leif, Operation Arctic, Brockhampton Press, London, 1977.  (Translation of juvenile novel from Norwegian to English)

Public Presentations:

“American Involvement in Vietnam and the European Press,” American History Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 28. 1992.

“Prioritizing Public Policy Issues,” CLEAR Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, September 23, 1992.

“The Role of States and Regions at an International Level,” Sitzung der Kommission III: Versammlung der Regionen Europas, Ried, Austria, May 17, 1996. 

“Aspects of Regional Influence on International Issues,” Transatlantic Conference of Rheinland-Pfalz Atlantische Akademie, Kusel, Germany, June 10, 1996. 

“Mass Media and National Identity,” USIA/ACTR/ACCELS Conference on Independent Media in Central Asia, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, November 23, 1996.

“Building Global Communities,” Appalachian Regional Council Annual Meeting, Lexington Ky., October 25, 1997.

“Economic and Administrative Problems in Decentralized Political Systems,” Department of State of Puerto Rico International Forum, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 29, 1997. 

“Local and Regional Authority in a Global Context,” International Conference on the 350th Anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, July 17, 1998.

“Sovereignty Revisited: Who Does What to Whom?.” Kentucky Political Science Association 37th Annual Meeting, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.,  Mar 6, 1998.

“The Role of Intelligence Agencies and Non-Government Actors in Preventing Human Rights Tragedies,” with Robert Pringle, Kentucky Political Science Association 38th Annual Meeting, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., March 5, 1999.

Seminars at Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Spring and Fall, 2011.






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