A Conversation With Stephen Hadley


Former national security adviser Stephen Hadley will discuss his White House tenure during one of the most consequential times in American history for national security issues this week at Duke.

” A Conversation with Stephen Hadley” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, in 136 Social Sciences building. Political science professor Peter Feaver, who worked for Hadley in the Bush White House, will moderate the hour-long discussion. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The lecture is open only to Duke faculty, staff, and students.

Feaver went on leave from Duke from 2005 to 2007 to work under Hadley as the special adviser for strategic planning and institutional reform on the National Security Council Staff in the Bush White House. He described Hadley as being committed to public service and “hardworking with incredible stamina.”

“He is one figure in Bush White House who was widely respected and trusted on both sides of the aisle,” Feaver said. “Despite the challenges of his job, he was able to maintain a reputation for integrity by people who both liked and loathed President Bush.”

Feaver said the national security adviser is ” a demanding and yet fascinating job and offers an incredible vantage point for understanding and making American foreign policy.”

Hadley was appointed assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser in 2001. During President Bush’s first presidential campaign, he served as a senior foreign and defense policy adviser and he also worked in the Bush-Cheney Transition. Hadley has been a member of the Department of Defense policy board, the national security advisory panel to the director of Central Intelligence and the board of trustees of Analytical Services Inc.

His professional legal practice focused on business problems of U.S. and foreign corporations particularly as they involve international business, regulatory, and strategy issues.

The event is sponsored by the American Grand Strategy program at Duke and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

The Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy is an interdisciplinary program. Through workshops, lectures and courses, participants in the Program on American Grand Strategy meet and talk with policy leaders.

Check out the original Duke Today article here.