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The American Academy in Berlin in New YorkOn December 4, 2013, the American Academy in Berlin will celebrate the launch of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for the Study of Diplomacy and Governance with a gala dinner at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak to former Academy Trustee David M. Rubenstein about her longtime friend and colleague Richard Holbrooke, her experiences as America’s chief diplomat, as well as the challenges she believes the United States will confront in the twenty-first century. The dinner will be preceded by a colloquium earlier that afternoon at Hunter College, which will offer a preview of the work of the Holbrooke Forum. Participants will be senior foreign-policy experts, who will explore the challenges facing global leadership on both sides of the Atlantic.
Inaugural Colloquium: “Germany in Europe, the United States in the World: Two Reluctant Hegemons Who Just Want to be Left Alone”
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Four Freedoms Room, Roosevelt House at Hunter College, 47-49 East 65th St.
(Enter through West Lobby and check in at Visitors Desk)
Opening Remarks: John C. Kornblum, former Ambassador to Germany, Academy Trustee
Moderator: Josef Joffe, Publisher, Die Zeit, Academy Trustee
Panelists: Michael Ignatieff, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Toronto; Nader Mousavizadeh, Co-founder, Macro Advisory Partners; Vali Nasr, Dean, The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies; Michael Schaefer, Chairman, BMW Foundation; Ann-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New American Foundation, and Princeton University
Chaired by Vincent A. Mai, Peter G. Peterson, Joan Ganz Cooney, David M. Rubenstein
Time: 6:30 - 10:00 pm
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
NEW YORK — A foreign policy debate is underway about Iran. Asia has become an urgent hot spot. And on Wednesday evening, the Democratic foreign policy establishment gathered in tuxedos and gowns around the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of European statues to hear from the last secretary of state and possibly the next president.
Those who expect her to remark on current foreign policy issues must remember that she is no longer a public official and has no obligation to comment in any way about any matter except as she chooses. Almost a year out of office, she lacks current inside information. To make a statement would represent the height of irresponsibility on her part. She was not part of the Iran negotiations. What, exactly, do people expect her to say? Memo to world: She has turned her former post over to John Kerry. Do not expect her to comment on his work or performance one way or another. (I am speaking to you, MoveOn. Please put your heads on straight.)