Please join us for a luncheon and a fascinating 2019 Berkley Lecture on Monday, February 25, at the Grand Street Café on the Country Club Plaza. The topic  “National Security Challenges in the Next Decade: Implications for the U.S. is extremely timely. How many times each day are we hearing the phrase “national security” on TV/radio and seeing it in print? We’re all recognizing quickly that national security is much more than military defense, it is cyber, economic, alliance, climate, border, epidemic, and even election security.

Our speaker, Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, is currently at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her career at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, the National Security Council, and the U.S. Information Agency has spanned four decades serving five administrations. Ambassador Dobriansky has also participated for the U.S. on several international delegations as an expert on national security matters, including as Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the 2009 Copenhagen Conference of Parties on climate change, and the 2007 Bali Conference of Parties in which delegates from 187 countries convened in Bali, Indonesia, to try to strike a new global climate treaty. Ambassador Dobriansky has received high-level recognitions and orders of merit from the governments of Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Ukraine and Romania, and is even the recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees.

To learn more about Ambassador Dobriansky and this event, please see the event page on the IRC website. We hope to see you there.

About the Author
Holly Nielsen is the IRC’s 2019 vice president and is chair of the Berkley Lecture Committee.