Building Stability in a Contentious World

A Conversation with Secretary Madeleine Albright and Secretary Chuck Hagel on Principled Foreign Policy in a Contentious World

Please join us for the Inaugural Hagel Leadership Lecture, "Building Stability in a Contentious World". Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Madeleine Albright, the 64th U.S. Secretary of State.

The University of Chicago’s longstanding tradition of independent, intellectual leadership in international security and civil discourse continues with the commitment of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) to producing new knowledge on international affairs that will enable effective action.

This event is open to the public and will revolve around a discussion between Secretaries Albright and Hagel moderated by CPOST director Dr. Robert Pape, regarding the importance of civil discourse, principled foreign policy, and an assessment of the critical international issues of the day. We will close with about 30 minutes of Q&A with the audience.

Chuck Hagel, the 24th U.S. Secretary of Defense, has consistently advanced the notion that America’s security and future is tied to global affairs and the common interest of our friends and partners and strong alliances.

Secretary Albright has stood out as an independent and principled voice in both scholarship and American foreign policy, exemplifying the core values that we seek to promote with the Hagel Initiative at CPOST.

As a growing center of international security in the heart of the United States, CPOST welcomes the Hagel Initiative as a major forum to amplify and encourage greater civic participation in these critical discussions. Given increasing polarization in US politics, we believe it is critical to leverage this opportunity to re-center discourse on international affairs in our country.

The first of a series of annual lectures, the idea rose from a mutual interest between Secretary Hagel and CPOST in promoting principled foreign policy and the need to unite the country around reasoned stances.

This event is hosted by a campus partner. If you have any questions regarding registration or logistics of the event, where to meet, special assistance requests, parking, please contact Jay Collins at



Event Information

Cost: Complimentary


Thursday, 05/30/19 at 5:30pm - Thursday at 7:00pm | iCal


Reynold Club Mandel Hall
1131 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 USA

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Jay Collins