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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host Edward Luce, U.S. National Editor and Columnist at Financial Times, for virtual discussion on his forthcoming biography of the late Ambassador Zbigniew Brzezinski


On November 13, Johns Hopkins SAIS and the school’s Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) will host Edward Luce,  U.S. National Editor and Columnist at Financial Times, for a virtual discussion focused on his forthcoming biography of the late Ambassador Zbigniew Brzezinski. This event is the next installment in the Zbigniew Brzezinski Initiative’s Current Issues Seminar, a speaker series which honors the U.S. National Security Advisor’s long tenure as a foreign policy professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS where he left a legacy of leading highly regarded and intellectually challenging current issues seminars focused on American foreign policy.
Luce will join Mark Brzezinski, former U. S. Ambassador to Sweden and son of Ambassador Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Eliot A. Cohen, Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, for a conversation detailing the development of the biography. Additionally, Luce will explore the late Ambassador Brzezinski’s personal story and strategic record and their relevance to current and future global conditions.


Edward Luce
Author, Columnist, and U.S. National Editor, Financial Times
Mark Brzezinski
Former U. S. Ambassador to Sweden and son of Zbigniew Brzezinski


Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Time and Date

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST
Friday, November 13, 2020


This virtual event is open to the public and media, with registration.

Media Contacts

Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620

About the Speakers

Edward Luce was named Financial Times’ Chief U.S. Commentator in September 2011, where he develops a weekly column and regular editorials on the U.S. economy and politics. Prior to this position, he served as Financial Times’ Washington Bureau Chief from 2006 until 2011, managing a team of  DC-based reporters and leading the paper’s coverage of U.S. politics and economy. Previously, he was Financial Times’ South Asia Bureau Chief, based in New Delhi. Luce has written highly acclaimed books such as In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India and Time to Start Thinking: The Spectre of American Decline. His most recent book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism, was listed on the best non-fiction reading lists for 2017 at Amazon, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and the Washington Post.
Between 1993 and 1994, Luce was the Geneva-based correspondent for The Guardian newspaper of the UK. He then moved to Manila to become the Philippines correspondent for the Financial Times between 1995 and 1997. From 1997 to 1999, he served as Financial Times’ Capital Markets Editor, based in London. Between December 1999 and January 2001, Edward was the speechwriter to Larry Summers, Treasury Secretary in the Clinton administration. Luce graduated in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University and completed a post-graduate diploma in newspaper journalism from City University in London.
Ambassador Mark Brzezinski is managing director of Makena Capital Management. Prior to joining Makena, he served as the U. S. Ambassador to Sweden from 2011 to 2015. For his service, Ambassador Brzezinski was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star by the King of Sweden, a high honor rarely bestowed on a foreign ambassador. In 2015, the White House asked Ambassador Brzezinski to lead a strategic effort on the Arctic and serve as the first executive director of the White House’s Arctic Executive Steering Committee.
From 1999 to 2001, Ambassador Brzezinski served on the National Security Council staff at the White House, first as a director for Russia and Eurasia, and then as a director for the Balkans. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he has served on the board of advisors of CFR’s Corporate Program. In 2010, President Obama named him to the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright and other U.S. government exchange programs.

Zbigniew Brzezinski Initiative

To recognize Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski’s legacy, the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute has established a unique set of academic programs that build on the school’s strengths as a leading center for training graduate students in international policy and relevant academic research. This recognition comprises both immediate programming and longer-term plans, which together will equip a new generation of policy experts capable of the authoritative analysis, strategic vision, and active diplomacy that were hallmarks of Dr. Brzezinski’s role as a scholar, policy advisor, and statesman. For more information, visit:

Foreign Policy Institute

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) was established in 1980 to unite the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. FPI seeks to advance practically oriented research and discussion about foreign policy. To this end, it organizes research initiatives and study groups, and hosts leaders from around the world as resident or non-resident fellows in fields including international policy, business, journalism, and academia. Read more about FPI here:

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 more than 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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