On October 12, more than 300 attendees tuned in to hear from Ambassador Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor to President Obama and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Ambassador Rice expanded on themes addressed in her book, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For,” including the importance of receiving candid feedback and being willing to admit failure and course-correct.
Rice responded to audience questions on a variety of topics, including the future of North Korea’s nuclear program, the impact of Chinese and Russian influence on the African continent, civilian-military relationships, and the U.S. response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Rick Levin, past president of Yale and the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, Emeritus, moderated the conversation.
Ambassador Rice served President Barack Obama as National Security Advisor and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In her role as National Security Advisor from July 1, 2013, to January 20, 2017, Ambassador Rice led the National Security Council Staff and chaired the Cabinet-level National Security Principals Committee. She provided the President daily national security briefings and was responsible for coordinating the formulation and implementation of all aspects of the Administration’s foreign and national security policy, intelligence, and military efforts. As U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, Rice worked to advance U.S. interests, defend universal values, strengthen the world’s security and prosperity, and promote respect for human rights.