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Samantha Power | December 3, 2019

Samantha Power | December 3, 2019

For the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy’s fall 2019 Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture, Professor Peter Feaver spoke with Ambassador Power about her newly released memoir, “The Education of an Idealist.”

More event photos can be found on the AGS Facebook page.

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Event summary by Rahul Krishnaswamy:
Ambassador Samantha Power, former NSC official and Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, spoke with AGS Director Peter Feaver at an event at Duke University. Power focused on three major themes during the event promoting her new book The Education of An Idealist: her experiences, her vision, and policy decisions made during the administration. She first spoke about her experiences, first as a war correspondent during the Balkan Wars and later as an advisor to Barack Obama during his time in the Senate as well as in the White House. More importantly, she focused on her vision of creating a wonderful environment for women in politics; she discussed how having women role-models was vital and how women must be their own advocates and demand a seat at the table. Lastly, she discussed the various decisions made during her time in the Obama Administration, including the decision not to intervene in Syria, among others.