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09/15/08 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

***SOLD OUT***

 

August 21, 2008 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tracy Schario
(202) 994-3566; tschario@gwu.edu
Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087; massella@gwu.edu
TICKET CONTACT: GW University Events
(202) 994-7129

FIVE FORMER SECRETARIES OF STATE JOIN BIPARTISAN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION TO ASSESS U.S. FOREIGN POLICY CHALLENGES CONFRONTING NEXT ADMINISTRATION

Madeleine K. Albright; James A. Baker, III; Warren Christopher; Henry A. Kissinger; and Colin L. Powell Join Forum at GW on "The Next President: A World of Challenges"

Journalists Frank Sesno and Christiane Amanpour Will Moderate Roundtable To Air on CNN

EVENT: 

Five former Secretaries of State - Madeleine K. Albright; James A. Baker, III; Warren Christopher; Henry A. Kissinger; and Colin L. Powell - will participate in a roundtable discussion on the challenges confronting the new administration at a public forum entitled "The Next President: A World of Challenges." The event will be moderated by Frank Sesno, director of The George Washington University's Public Affairs Project and CNN special correspondent, and Christiane Amanpour, CNN chief international correspondent.

***Send an iReport with your question for one of the secretaries to CNN.  Entries may be submitted online at www.ireport.com/community/assignment under the topic "Challenges of the next president" in the Politics section.***

WHEN: 

Monday, Sept. 15, 2008; 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Doors open at 2 p.m. and close at 2:45 p.m.

BROADCAST ON CNN:   

Saturday, Sept. 20; 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21; 2 p.m.

WHERE: 

The George Washington University
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)

RSVP: 

Seating is limited and tickets are required.  Tickets are free and will be available to GW students, faculty, and staff beginning Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, at 11 a.m. at The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium Box Office, 730 21st St., N.W.  The GW Lisner Box Office is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, please call (202) 994-7129. 

This event is open to media.  However, television cameras and recording devices are not allowed inside the auditorium.  Media check-in begins at 1:30 p.m.  Credentials are required. Media should RSVP to Nick Massella at (202) 994-3087 or massella@gwu.edu.

BACKGROUND:

This event is hosted by The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and School of Media and Public Affairs, the Center for a New American Security, Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, and The City College of New York's Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies.  The roundtable discussion will include questions from the audience.

This important discussion will take place as the U.S. presidential campaign moves into high gear and the candidates and the world focus on complex global issues ranging from violent extremism to the global economy, and climate change.  Secretaries Albright, Baker, Christopher, Kissinger, and Powell will offer insight into the national debate regarding the future direction of American global leadership and the role of diplomacy.

Madeleine K. Albright was nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton on Dec. 5, 1996, as secretary of state.  After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she was sworn in as the 64th and first woman secretary of state on Jan. 23, 1997.  Prior to her appointment, Albright served as the United States permanent representative to the United Nations and as a member of President Clinton's Cabinet and National Security Council.  In 2000, Albright received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from GW and served as the Commencement keynote speaker.  Dr. Albright earned a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master's and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University's Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.

James A. Baker, III, was secretary of state to President George H.W. Bush from Jan. 22, 1989, until Aug. 23, 1992.  Baker also served as senior counselor and White House chief of staff to President Bush from 1992 to 1993 and to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1985. He also served as secretary of the treasury from 1985 to 1988.  Having received a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin's School of Law in 1957, he went on to practice law with the firm of Andrews Kurth until 1975.  He also is the namesake of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston.  

Warren Christopher was sworn in as the 63rd secretary of state on Jan. 20, 1993, and served in the Clinton Administration until Jan. 17, 1997.  Previously, he served as vice chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations from 1982 to 1991, director of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and transition chief to President-elect Clinton in 1992.  Christopher received an LL.B. from Stanford Law School in 1949 and also served as chairman of the Standing Committee on Aeronautical Law of the American Bar Association from 1966 to 1967.

Henry A. Kissinger served as Secretary of State to Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford from September 21, 1973 until January 20, 1977.  Kissinger was named Assistant for National Security Affairs by President Nixon in 1969.  Among other accomplishments, Kissinger was instrumental in orchestrating the U.S. breakthrough to China in 1971-1972, brokered the cease-fire agreements by Israel with Egypt and Syria in 1973, promoted the policy of detente with the Soviet Union, dealt with problems of energy and economic cooperation, and negotiated an agreement that ended the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Colin L. Powell was nominated by President George W. Bush on Dec. 16, 2000, as secretary of state.  After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he was sworn in as the 65th secretary of state on Jan. 20, 2001.  Prior to his appointment, Powell served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He was also chairman of America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of young people.  Powell is founder, advisory council chair, and a distinguished scholar of the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at The City College of New York.  Powell earned his M.B.A. from GW in 1971. In 1990, he received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from GW and served as the Commencement keynote speaker.

Christiane Amanpour's career with CNN spans 25 years and has taken her to many of the world's hotspots, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, and the Balkans.  Her work ranges from exclusive interviews to in-depth investigations of the lives of those affected by the world's largest man-made and natural disasters. Amanpour has interviewed some of the globe's most prominent world leaders, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the outset of Iran's nuclear controversy, Syrian President Bashar el Assad, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and former French President Jacques Chirac.  Amanpour's honors include nine Emmy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, and an Edward R. Murrow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Broadcast Journalism.

Frank Sesno, a professor of media and public affairs at The George Washington University, is an Emmy-award winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience covering global events and serving in executive capacities in news.  At CNN, he has served as a special correspondent, Washington bureau chief, anchor, and White House correspondent.  His recent work includes documentaries and special projects for CNN, PBS, and The History Channel.  Topics have ranged from global energy, national security, and terrorism to biographies on Ronald Reagan and Donald Rumsfeld.  At The George Washington University, Sesno established and serves as director of the Public Affairs Project at the Center for Innovative Media, located within the university's School of Media and Public Affairs.

For more information about the GW School of Media and Public Affairs, visit www.smpa.gwu.edu; GW Elliott School of International Affairs, visit www.elliott.gwu.edu; Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, visit http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/ci/cpowellcenter/index.cfm; the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, visit www.bakerinstitute.org; Center for a New American Security, visit www.cnas.org.

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