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Globalisation and American Grand Strategy in a Time of Austerity

Conference flyerThe Politics and International Studies Department, at the University of Warwick, has organized a conference entitled Globalisation and American Grand Strategy in a Time of Austerity being held on 17/18 September 2013. Our keynote speaker is Ambassador John D Negroponte who will be talking to the title of the conference.

Ambassador Negroponte is the former US ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations and Iraq; NSC Director for Vietnam under President Nixon; National Security Advisor for President Reagan; Cabinet level first Director of National Intelligence, and Deputy Secretary of State for President G. W. Bush; Member of Foreign Affairs Policy Board for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ambassador Negroponte is currently the Brandy-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University.

Ambassador Negroponte has received numerous awards in recognition of his more than four decades of public service, including the State Department’s Distinguished Service Medal on two separate occasions, the highest award which can be conferred by the Secretary of State, and on January 16, 2009, President Bush awarded Ambassador Negroponte the National Security Medal for his outstanding contributions to U.S. national security.

In addition we have a range of highly distinguished guest speakers, including Robert F. Wescott, who served four years as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council in the Clinton White House and the Chief Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; Jeffery Laurenti from the Century Foundation and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Professor Jin Canrong Associate Dean of Renmin University and speaker at the World Economic Forum, Professor Carla Freeman Associate Director of the China Program at SAIS, Carol Wise from the University of Southern California, and a wide range of distinguished academics from the UK and Europe.

The conference offers a friendly environment for dialogue and an opportunity to hear first hand accounts of how American foreign and economic policy have been affected by financial crises. Registration for the conference is now open and until the 16th August the University of Warwick’s Institute for Advance Studies has agreed to subsidies price. As such, to attend the formal meal in Warwick Castle’s Great Hall ( and both days of the conference the cost is £165. To attend the conference only is £110. Registration through the website is available here:

For security reasons the full programme is not being released until closer to the conference. Registration opens at 9.00am on the 17th of September, and the conference formally closes at 14.00 on the 18th of September. For further information, please contact Mary Sheffield ( or Denise Hewlett (