The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture series was endowed for the purpose of bringing prominent figures in international security, foreign policy, and diplomacy to Duke University in order to engage with students, faculty, and the larger Duke community about issues of international importance.




2013-2014 Speaker

General David H. Petraeus (US Army – retired): “America and the World”

Leading military commander in Iraq (2007-2008), of US Central Command (2008-2010), in Afghanistan (2010-2011) and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2011-2012) Gen. Petraeus (ret) delivered the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture on 11 September 2013.




2012-2013 Speakers

Karl Rove and Howard Dean: “What’s at Stake for America’s Global Role in the 2012 Election?”

Special Adviser to Presidents George W. Bush & Former Governor of Vermont, respectively.



2011-2012 Speakers

  • The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
    Secretary of State (2005-2009)
    National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush (2001-2005)

2010 – 2011 Speaker

  • Secretary Robert Gates
    Secretary of Defense (December 2006 – July 2011)

2009 – 2010 Speaker

  • Fareed Zakaria
    Newsweek International Editor and CNN Host
    “The Rise of the Rest: The Post-American World One Year after the Election of Obama”



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