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Former senior State Department official to speak at Maxwell School convocation

May 10, 2012

Jill Leonhardt
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Anne-Marie Slaughter, the first woman to serve as the U.S. Department of State's director of policy planning, will be the 2012 master's convocation speaker at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

slaughterSlaughter, who is Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, will speak to more than 100 Maxwell School master's candidates and their families in Hendricks Chapel at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

From 2009-2011, Slaughter served as director of policy planning for the State Department; from 2002-2009, she was dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

"Anne-Marie Slaughter's remarkable career as a teacher, writer, academic leader and senior policy practitioner embodies the values of citizenship and scholarship that are at the heart of the Maxwell tradition," says Dean James Steinberg. "It's been my privilege to work closely with her as a fellow dean and colleague at State, where she helped spearhead the innovative first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review."

Prior to serving as dean of the Wilson School, Slaughter was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law and director of the International Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002, and a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government from 2001-2002. She published more than 100 articles in international law and international relations and helped pioneer an integrated approach to both fields.

Slaughter has also written or edited six books, including “A New World Order” (Princeton University Press, 2004) and “The Idea That is America: Keeping Faith with our Values in a Dangerous World” (Basic Books, 2007). She gave a set of Millennial Lectures at The Hague Academy of International Law in 2000 and was the convener and academic co-chair of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, ranging from the Council on Foreign Relations and the New America Foundation to McDonalds Corp. and the Citigroup Economic and Political Strategies Advisory Group. Foreign Policy magazine named her to its annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Slaughter received a B.A. from Princeton in 1980, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1985.

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