American diplomacy has a rich and multifaceted legacy. Successive periods in the country’s history have produced a diverse range of traditions and ideas that have influenced how the U.S. has engaged diplomatically with other nations. How have American statesmen navigated and conducted diplomacy over the years? What can foreign service professionals and the broader American public learn from past lessons? In his recent book, “America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy,” Ambassador Robert Zoellick explores these themes. Zoellick served for eight years under Secretary James A. Baker III at the Treasury and State Departments as well as the White House, later becoming president of the World Bank, U.S. trade representative and deputy secretary of state.
At this event, Zoellick spoke about his book, describing its observations and what insights it holds into enduring issues in American foreign policy. He also participated in a question-and-answer session moderated by Baker Institute Director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian.
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1:00 p.m. — Presentation
1:30 p.m. — Q&A
The Honorable Robert B. Zoellick is the non-executive chairman of AllianceBernstein, a leading global investment management firm that offers high-quality research and diversified investment services to institutional investors, individuals and private wealth clients in major world markets. He is also a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, he served as the president of the World Bank Group from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2012. He served in President George W. Bush’s cabinet as U.S. trade representative from 2001 to 2005 and as deputy secretary of state from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick worked at the Treasury and State departments in various capacities for Secretary James A. Baker, III, as well as briefly in the White House as deputy chief of staff. In 2006 and 2007, he served as vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International. Zoellick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College.
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute for Public Policy