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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host dedication of the Condoleezza Rice “Women Who Inspire” Lecture Series, featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday, May 2 in Washington, DC

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host a dedication of the Condoleezza Rice “Women Who Inspire” Lecture Series on May 2. Named in honor of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, this lecture series seeks to highlight how women are reshaping the world, confronting global challenges, and blazing trails across all walks of life that improve the human condition.
12:15 p.m.-Welcome Remarks: Dean Vali Nasr
12:20 p.m.-Introductory Remarks: Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli
12:25 p.m.-Introductory Remarks: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
12:30 p.m.-Keynote Remarks: former minister of foreign affairs of Spain Ana Palacio
12:45 p.m.-Audience Q&A
Time and Date
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney-Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting 'Media' at the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Please note: Journalists who arrive with cameras after 11:45 a.m. will be prohibited from setting up camera equipment.  
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About the Speakers
Vali Nasr is a Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser, and commentator on international relations. His most recent book, The Dispensable Nation deals with the implications of the Obama administration’s foreign policy on American strategic interests. His previous books, Forces of Fortune and The Shia Revival examined the postwar sectarian violence in Iraq and the Arab Spring uprising, and contributed to U.S. policy formulated in response to those events. Prior to being named Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, Nasr was a professor of international politics at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. From 2009 to 2011, he was the special adviser to the President's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; he served on the faculties of the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of San Diego; he was a Carnegie Scholar and a senior fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He also served as an adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. Nasr is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Shirin Tahir-Kheli was named by Newsweek in 2011 as one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World." She specializes in South Asia, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, United Nations and U.S. Foreign Policy, and Women's Empowerment. Her most recent book and memoir is titled, Before the Age of Prejudice: A Muslim Woman's National Security Work with Three American Presidents. From March 2003 to April 2005, she served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights and International Operations at the National Security Council. During her service in the U.S. government, Tahir-Kheli served as: Head of the United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva in 2001; Alternate United States Representative to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs (1990–1993), a post that carries the rank of Ambassador; member of the United States Presidential Commission on the Public Service during 1992–1993; and Director of Near East and South Asian Affairs (1986–1989), and Director of Political Military Affairs (1984–1986) at the National Security Council. In 2006, Tahir-Kheli was appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as her Senior Advisor for Women's Empowerment, where she established the first ever office focused on integrating Women's Empowerment into U.S. foreign policy.
Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State from January 2005-2009, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position. From 1989 through March 1991, Rice was a member of President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff.  She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Rice has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two bestsellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family; Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army. Rice is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC., an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
Ana Palacio is an international lawyer specializing in international and European Union law. She previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain (2002-2004) and was a member of the Spanish Parliament (2004-2006) where she chaired the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Union Affairs. Palacio has been senior vice-president and general counsel of the World Bank Group and Secretary General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (2006-2008). From 1994 to 2002, she was a member of the European Parliament, where she chaired the Legal Affairs and Internal Market as well as the Citizens Rights, Justice and Home Affairs Committees. Palacio has also been a member of the Executive Committee and senior vice-president for International Affairs of AREVA (2008-2009) and served on the Council of State of Spain (2012-2018). She serves as a member of several think-tanks and organizations such as the Atlantic Council, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the Elcano Royal Institute, among others. She currently serves as senior strategic counsel to the Albright Stonebridge Group, is a founding partner of Palacio y Asociados, and is also a visiting professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund E. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Palacio maintains a monthly column at Project Syndicate and is a recurrent participant and speaker at international conferences and fora.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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