The Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) launched a new initiative in 2016 to bring global governance leaders and experts to Duke.
Admiral James Stavridis, former supreme allied commander of NATO and former commander of the U.S. Southern Command, launched the series with a lecture on the future of NATO and its role in global stability on November 1.
More than 200 Duke students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered as Stavridis discussed the security challenges the United States faces in a post-9/11 world. Despite the challenge of maintaining consistent dialogue with dozens of nations, Stavridis said NATO and other intergovernmental alliances will continue to play a central role in achieving global stability and cooperation.
“No one is as smart as all of us thinking together,” he said. “That’s what alliances are. No one person, no one nation is as smart as all of us thinking together.”
Stavridis' talk was hosted by DUCIGS, the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. The global governance series is generously funded by the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship, and co-hosted by the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy.
Other recent events related to global governance, diplomacy, and current events organized by DUCIGS and its affiliates include:
- Turkey, the EU and the US - Disaster Looming?
- The World Today: Is Diplomacy Enough?
- Trump/Putin: U.S.-Russian Relations in the New Administration- A lecture by Ambassador Jack F. Matlock
- The UK in the World/the World in the UK
- Europe at a Crossroads: Brexit, Upcoming Elections, and the Future of the EU
- Staying Ahead of the Curve: Securing a Nation Amid Change
- The Emergence of Terrorism: A New Paradigm
- Buckle Up: Global Foreign Policy Trends and American Diplomacy
- Central American Realities: A Conversation with President Luis Guillermo Solís