On the evening of March 29, 2016, the National Committee was privileged to host Professor Walter Russell Mead, James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College, Editor-at-Large of The American Interest and Distinguished Scholar of American Strategy and Statesmanship at The Hudson Institute.
Professor Mead offered the latest iteration of the National Committee's annual Angier Biddle Duke Lecture, named for the eponymous statesman who at various points in his distinguished career served as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Denmark, Spain and Morocco. He also served as chief of protocol for two U.S. Presidents and was a long-time patron and past president of the National Committee.
Professor Mead's candid, off-the-record, remarks spanned a wide-ranging assessment of President Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy across the globe. From the Middle East, to Europe, Asia and the Western Hemisphere, Professor Mead's engaging commentary captivated the audience and spurred a lively question-and-answer session highlighted by remarks from a number of foreign representatives to the United Nations, as well as thoughtful inquiries from scholars and members affiliated with the National Committee.
The reception that followed the event proved to be equally lively as Professor Mead took a great deal of time to engage with a cohort of cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point who were excited to meet, in person, the author of one of the central texts in their undergraduate coursework.