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“To Build a Better World” with Condoleezza Rice & Philip Zelikow

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
6:30 pm
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This event is presented by The George & Barbara Bush Foundation and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

About the Event

The George & Barbara Bush Foundation and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will be hosting an unforgettable evening webinar on Thursday, May 28th.

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former NSC and State Department Counselor and Executive Director of the 911 Commission, Philip Zelikow, will discuss their book To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Elizabeth Cobbs. Opening Remarks will be made by Governor Jeb Bush.

About The Speakers

Condoleezza Rice


Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice was nominated for Secretary of State by George W. Bush on November 14, 2004, and assumed office on January 26, 2005. She served for four years, leaving the position on January 20, 2009. She was the first African-American woman to serve as Secretary of State.

Rice was born on November 14, 1954, in Birmingham, Alabama. She earned her bachelor of arts in political science in 1974 from the University of Denver, her master’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and her doctorate in political science from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.

After her graduation, Rice accepted a position at Stanford University as a professor of political science. In 1987 she served as an advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in 1989 was appointed director of Soviet and East European Affairs on the National Security Council.

Rice returned to Stanford in 1991 and from 1993 until 1999 she served as Stanford’s Provost.

In 2001 she was appointed National Security Advisor by President George W. Bush, and succeeded Colin Powell as Secretary of State in 2005.

To read more about Rice, please click here.


Philip Zelikow


philip zelikow

Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the University of Virginia, where he has also served as dean of the Graduate School and director of the Miller Center. His scholarly work has focused on critical episodes in American and world history.

He was a trial and appellate lawyer and then a career diplomat before taking academic positions at Harvard, then Virginia. Before and during his academic career, he has served at all levels of American government. His federal service during five administrations has included positions in the White House, State Department, and the Pentagon. His last full-time government position was as the counselor of the Department of State, a deputy to Secretary Condoleezza Rice.

He directed a small and short-lived federal agency, the 9/11 Commission. He also directed an earlier bipartisan commission on election reform, chaired by former Presidents Carter and Ford, that led to successful passage of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. More recently he was managing director of “Rework America,” a landmark project on American economic opportunity in the digital age, organized by the Markle Foundation.

To read more about Zelikow, please click here.