Toward A New Global Framework for the Age of Turbulence
Monday, January 29, 2024 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Horchow HallCost: Free but register in advance
103 (GM Room)
55 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven CT 06511
Join us for a conversation with Stephen Heintz, President and CEO of the Rockefeller Brother’s Fund, a family foundation with an endowment of approximately $1.2 billion that advances social change for a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Heintz will reflect on the origins, evolution, strengths, and weaknesses of the existing international system and suggest building blocks for a new global system to help reduce violent conflict, promote equity, and ensure a sustainable planet. Ted Wittenstein, executive director of International Security Studies, will moderate.
Heintz, who began his professional life in public service for the state of Connecticut, has devoted his career to strengthening democratic culture and institutions to better serve citizens. Before joining the RBF in 2001, Heintz co-founded and served as president of Dēmos, a public policy organization that works to reduce political and economic inequality and to broaden citizen engagement in American democracy. In 2018, he was named by the Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of three co-chairs of a national Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship in the 21st Century and co-authored the commission’s report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century.
On the international stage, Heintz served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the EastWest Institute during the 1990s. Based in Prague, he helped propel civil society development, economic reform, and international security as the bedrock of Central and Eastern Europe’s burgeoning democracies. In 2002, he led the RBF’s joint initiative with the UN Association of the USA to open a Track II dialogue that helped lay the groundwork for the Iran nuclear deal. The Iran Project, which he co-founded, keeps alive the possibility of a peaceful relationship with Iran despite the U.S. withdrawal from this historic agreement. In 2007, Heintz convened a meeting of the Kosovo Unity Team and prominent global diplomatic figures at the Fund’s Pocantico Center, resulting in the Pocantico Declaration that set a path for the Kosovo independence process.
The event is open to the Yale campus community. Registration is required.