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A conversation on leadership and foreign policy

Date & time

Feb 27-28, 2014, 4:30 pm-12:00 am EST


Weill Hall

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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About the speaker
In more than forty years of distinguished public service Ambassador (ret) John Negroponte, a career American diplomat, held such positions as US Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. He served twice on the US National Security Council staff, first as director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. More recently, he served as Deputy Secretary of State. Earlier in his career Ambassador Negroponte also served in Hong Kong, Vietnam, France, Ecuador and Greece. He is currently Vice Chairman of McLarty Associates in Washington, DC and a Distinguished Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, where he lectures in international affairs and national security.

About the event
The focus of this Ford Policy Union will be on leadership and on specific examples from Ambassador Negroponte's experience. What makes a good leader and how do leaders make decisions? How do leaders handle dissent and divergent views? What lessons have we learned from successes and failures in national security and foreign policy? Has traditional American diplomacy been sidelined because of dominance by our military in post-Cold War conflict and in counter-terrorism since 9/11? The Ford School's Professor of International Policy and Practice, Ambassador (ret) Melvyn Levitsky will conduct the discussion with Ambassador Negroponte and moderate a question and answer session with the audience.

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