Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to Speak at Duke

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., diplomat, businessman and twice-elected Republican governor of Utah, will deliver a two-part talk at Duke University this fall.

Huntsman's first Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture, “America 2012: Challenges and Opportunities,” will focus on foreign affairs. The talk takes place Monday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Page Auditorium on Duke's West Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Huntsman’s perspectives on foreign affairs were developed during his tenures as U.S. ambassador to China and Singapore under presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. As the youngest American diplomatic mission leader in a century, Huntsman launched global trade negotiations and assisted with the accession of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization. He ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

In a discussion with Duke Professor Peter Feaver, Huntsman will share his perspective on how the United States can maintain its position as a superpower in a rapidly shifting international climate. He will also touch on how to advance international trade, manage relations with the new great powers and traditional allies, and strengthen ties with Latin American countries.

Feaver, a professor of political science and public policy, is the director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and director of the Duke Program on American Grand Strategy. From 2005 to 2007, Feaver was special adviser for strategic planning and institutional reform on the National Security Council staff at the White House.

Huntsman will return on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to discuss domestic issues. The Sanford School of Public Policy will post additional information on its website when details about this talk are confirmed.

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture is presented by the Sanford School and co-sponsored by Duke’s Program on American Grand Strategy. Event parking is available at the Bryan Center parking deck on Science Drive. Tickets go on sale Aug. 28 at the Duke Box Office. Visit for tickets (online service charge applies) and for directions to Page Auditorium. The event will also can be viewed online at