For Immediate Release
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Strobe Talbott to Give George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture at The MacMillan Center
January 24, 2007. New Haven, CT � Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institution, will be the speaker at the George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies on Wednesday, February 14. His talk, entitled “America and the World: Restoring a Damaged Foreign Policy,” will be held at 4pm, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven. It is sponsored by the MacMillan Center and is free and open to the public.
Strobe Talbott assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in July 2002 after a career in journalism, government and academe. His immediate previous post was founding director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He served in the State Department from 1993 to 2001, first as Ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the Secretary of State for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union, then as Deputy Secretary of State for seven years.
Prior to government service, Talbott was with Time magazine for twenty-one years. As a reporter, he covered Eastern Europe, the State Department and the White House, then was Washington bureau chief, editor-at-large and foreign affairs columnist. His books include: Engaging India: Diplomacy, Democracy and the Bomb, The Russia Hand, At the Highest Levels (with Michael Beschloss), The Master of the Game, Reagan and Gorbachev (with Michael Mandelbaum), Deadly Gambits, Reagan and the Russians, Endgame, Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament, Khrushchev Remembers. He has also written for Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, International Security, The Economist, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Slate.
Talbott has been a fellow of the Yale Corporation, a trustee of the Hotchkiss School and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a director of the Council on Foreign Relations, the North American Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission, and the American Association of Rhodes Scholars. He is currently a member of the participating faculty of the World Economic Forum and a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.
An alumnus of Yale (B.A., ‘68, M.A.Hon., ‘76) and Oxford (M.Litt., ‘71), Talbott has honorary doctorates from the Monterrey Institute, Trinity College, Georgetown University and Fairfield University, and he has been awarded state orders by the presidents of Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and the king of Sweden.
The Hon. George Herbert Walker III, formerly the United States Ambassador to Hungary, established this lecture series in 1986 in memory of his father, a distinguished graduate of the Yale Class of 1927. Previous George Herbert Walker, Jr. lecturers in International Studies have included Jesus Silva-Herzog, David Lange, Bruce Gelb, Paul Wolfowitz, Edward Jaycox, George Schultz, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Madeleine Albright, Brent Scowcroft, James Baker III, George Mitchell, Richard Holbrooke, Carla Hills, Richard Haass, Tom Lantos, and John Lukacs.
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale