April 22, 2016 Bruce Jentleson to Discuss Transformational Statesmanship of 20th Century, May 19

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Political scientist and scholar Bruce Jentleson will talk about leaders in the 20th century who forged major breakthroughs in global peace and security and also discuss challenges of the 21st century, in a lecture at the Library of Congress on May 19.

“Profiles in Statesmanship: 20th-Century Breakthroughs for Global Peace and Security, 21st-Century Challenges” will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, in room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

Jentleson is the current Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library’s John W. Kluge Center. He is a professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and a professor of political science. From 2009 to 2011, he was senior adviser to the U.S. State Department policy-planning director. He also served as a senior foreign policy adviser to Vice President Al Gore during his 2000 presidential campaign, in the Clinton administration State Department (1993-94), and as a foreign-policy aide to U.S. Sens. Gore (1987-88) and Dave Durenberger (1978-79).

While at the Kluge Center, Jentleson has been completing his forthcoming book “Transformational Statesmanship: Difficult, Possible, Necessary” (W.W. Norton and Company, 2017). The book profiles American and other world leaders whose statesmanship forged seminal breakthroughs across five dimensions of global peace and security—managing major power geopolitics, building international institutions, fostering reconciliation of peoples, advancing freedom and human rights, and promoting sustainability.

“My goal in this book,” Jentleson said, “is to draw lessons from 20th century statesmanship to help shape and motivate breakthroughs for peace and security our 21st-century world needs.”

Jentleson was previously a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is now a global fellow there. He also is a non-resident senior fellow for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. His other research appointments include the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Oxford University, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) and Australia National University. He was a Fulbright senior research scholar in Spain. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and was a recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award for his doctoral dissertation. He earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell. Among his other books is “American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century.”

The Kissinger Chair is a distinguished senior research position annually appointed by the Librarian of Congress. Using research facilities and services at the Library of Congress, the scholar is expected to engage in research on foreign policy and international affairs that will lead to publication and share his or her expertise, through public lectures and dialogues, with Congress and other policymakers.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world's best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library's rich resources, and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about the Kluge Center visit www.loc.gov/kluge/.

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PR 16-072
ISSN 0731-3527