As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office in January, the United States is facing a set of daunting global challenges. What should our priorities be and where do the greatest dangers lie for US security and for our standing in the world?
To provide insight and context beyond the headlines, the World Affairs Council of Northern California is honored to welcome Robert Kagan as a 2008 Richard and Judith Guggenhime Speaker.
With a look to the challenges inherited by the Obama administration, Kagan will discuss his recommendations for reshaping US foreign policy- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Robert Kagan is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment. He served in the State Department from 1984 to 1988 as a member of the Policy Planning Staff, as principal speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and as deputy for policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.
Jane Wales is vice president of philanthropy and society at the Aspen Institute, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council, and founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Previously, Wales was a special assistant to President Clinton, senior director of the National Security Council, and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
She also chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation and the W. Alton Jones Foundation and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Wales is the former national executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.