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A Conversation with Amb. Thomas Nides


Ambassador Thomas Nides

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides will speak at Duke on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The public event takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Karsh Alumni & Visitors Center, corner of Duke University Road and Chapel Drive on Duke's West Campus. Parking is available in the Karsh lot. A reception will precede the event at 4:45. The Program in American Grand Strategy and the Rudnick Lecture at the Duke Center for Jewish Studies will host a conversation with David Schanzer, professor of the practice at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy, on Nides' most recent post in Israel, the current political situation and U.S. foreign policy in the region. Nides was confirmed as ambassador in 2021 and stepped down this past July. Previously he was managing director and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley, where he also worked as chief administrative officer, chief operating officer and secretary of the board. His government work also includes U.S. State Department's deputy secretary of state for management and resources from 2010-2013. Nides was also senior vice president of Fannie Mae in Washington from 1998-2001, and chief of staff to former U.S. trade representative Micky Kantor, and was senior adviser to Speaker of the House Thomas S. Foley and senior adviser to House Majority Whip Tony Coelho. Schanzer is also director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. He teaches courses, conducts research and engages in public dialogue on counterterrorism strategy, counterterrorism law and homeland security. The Rudnick lecture at the Duke Center for Jewish Studies is made possible by the generosity of The Rudnick Endowment; this annual lecture is dedicated to the subject of Israel and world affairs, and has brought many distinguished guests to Duke, including Elie Wiesel, Shimon Peres, Robert Satloff, Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Yossi Klein Halevi, Ambassador Dennis Ross, and many others. The Program in American Grand Strategy is a flagship initiative dedicated to the study of US foreign policy and national security - past, present, and future.


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