Guests heard from Strobe Talbott, President of Brookings Institution; former Deputy Secretary of State in a lecture entitled "Obama and the World" on September 24, 2009 in the FedEx Global Education Center. After the lecture, Talbott talked with guests and signed copies of his new book The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation.
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. Before that, 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. Talbott entered government service after 21 years with Time magazine. 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. He was twice awarded the Edward Weintal Prize for distinguished diplomatic reporting.
His newest book, The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation, published in January 2008, combines historical and political analysis with personal reflection on efforts to forge a peaceful community of nations. His past 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; and Endgame. He translated and edited two volumes of Nikita Khrushchev's memoirs in the early 1970s.
Hosted by the Curriculum in International and Area Studies, Center for Global Initiatives and Department of Political Science. Learn more about this event at http://www.global.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1163&Itemid=105