Deputy Secretary of State Gives Talk at Sanford

Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg will give the Von der Heyden Lecture at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Monday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 pm in the Fleishman Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

Steinberg serves as the principal deputy to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Appointed by President Obama, he was confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 28, 2009. 

Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on recent events in the Middle East on Feb. 10, Steinberg asserted that Egypt will continue to be an important partner for advancing the United States’ goals in the region. 

"We believe very strongly that in terms of these interests—whether it's sustaining peace in the Middle East, dealing with terrorism, dealing with Iran's nuclear program—that an open, vibrant Egyptian government would be very much in sync with those views and those perspectives," he said.

Prior to his appointment in the Obama Administration, Steinberg served as dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. He is currently on leave from the LBJ School. Previously, he was vice president and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he supervised a research program on U.S. foreign policy. His most recent book is "Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power” (2008).

This lecture is presented by the Von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowment Fund. It is co-sponsored by the American Grand Strategy Program, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, the Office of Global Strategy and Programs and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Parking for the event will be available in the Science Drive visitors’ lot. Please contact Jennifer Boyle ( for additional information.