After a brief introduction by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Tom Farer, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and members of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass, Edward Alden, Elizabeth Economy, and Michael Levi discuss the major challenges facing the next president. They focus specifically on foreign policy, and the difficulty of repairing America's global image.
Madeleine K. Albright
Madeleine Albright is the first woman to become a United States Secretary of State. She was appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996, and was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote of 99-0. She was sworn in on January 23, 1997.
Albright now serves as a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. In addition to her PhD from Columbia University, she also holds Honorary Doctors of Laws from the University of Washington in 2002, Smith College in 2003, University of Winnipeg in 2005, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and Knox College in 2008. Secretary Albright also serves as a Director on the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations
Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the former Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times.
He has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows, including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and The McLaughlin Group, as well as on NPR, the BBC, CNN, and MSNBC.
Elizabeth Economy is Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and an expert on China-U.S. relations and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, with particular focus on the environment.
She periodically consults for agencies of the U.S. government and has lectured or taught at several American universities, including Johns Hopkins University (1997) and the University of Washington (1993-1994).
In 1990, Economy was honored with an SSRC-MacArthur Dissertation Fellowship in International Peace and Security Studies.
She studied at Swarthmore College and Stanford University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
The Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies of the University of Denver is the former President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States and of the University of New Mexico.
He is Honorary Professor of Peking University and permanent Guest Professor of People's University and Director of the Center for China-United States Cooperation. Within the United states Government, he has served as special assistant first to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense and then to the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.
He has taught law at Columbia University, Rutgers, Tulane and Harvard and international relations at Cambridge University, Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School and the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. And he has been a Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
He has published 11 books and monographs and over 100 articles and book chapters primarily concerning issues of international and comparative law, foreign policy, human rights and international institutions.
His most recent book, Transnational Crime in the Americas, was published by Routledge in 1999.
He has lectured widely at universities in the United States, Europe, Africa, Japan and China.
Dean Farer has studied processes of economic and political development outside Europe and North American and has also been a participant. He has taught criminal law and procedure and unarmed self-defense to an African police force and assisted in Uganda's Constitutional revision process in 1994-95. He has also studied the operations of international organizations and in 1993 served as legal consultant to the United Nations Operations in Somalia.
In that capacity, he investigated the attacks on UN forces and submitted a report to the Security Council. In 1980, he participated in the successful resolution of the hostage crisis arising from the occupation of the Dominican Embassy in Bogota, Colombia by members of the M-19 guerrilla organization.
Richard N. Haass
Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States dedicated to the study of American foreign policy. Until June 2003, Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State as well as US coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. He was also special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council from 1989 to 1993. Haass is the author or editor of eleven books on American foreign policy, including War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars and one book on management. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
Michael A. Levi is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. His interests center on the intersection of science, technology, and foreign policy. He is director of the Council on Foreign Relations program on energy security and climate change and project director for the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force on climate change.