John Kerry on “American Leadership in an Era of Opportunity and Risk”


Secretary John Kerry has shaped historic foreign policy directives in recent years.
In an increasingly complex international system, growing challenges such as a progressively assertive Russia and China, the global refugee crisis, climate change, and terrorism have all had an impact on US national security and are reshaping America’s role in the global arena. 

How will America continue to respond and engage in a changing world?  John Kerry will highlight America’s current international objectives and discuss country’ role in the world moving forward. 

John Kerry was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in January 2013. He was then confirmed by the U.S. Senate, assuming the office as the 68thUnited States Secretary of State on February 1, 2013. 
The United States Secretary of State is on frontlines of US foreign policy and is responsible for building diplomatic relationships with every nation in the world. 
Secretary of State frequently travels around the world and deals with many complex international issues: like humanitarian crisis, helping to negotiate peace agreements, occasionally a big deal like The Paris Climate that seeks to limit the effects of global warming through a combination of drastic emissions cuts.
These are some of the complex international issues that John Kerry has been involved in recent years.

John Kerry previously served in the United States Senate, where he chaired the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from January 6, 2009 – February 1, 2013. 
He served as the United States Senator from Massachusetts for a few decades since January 2, 1985 till February 1, 2013. 
Kerry was the Democratic nominee the 2004 presidential election, losing narrowly to Republican incumbent George W. Bush.

John Kerry major speech on America’s current international objectives and country’s role in the world gets a lot of interest in Chicago  and is a sold out event. 
This is the fourth annual Louis B. Susman Lecture on Transatlantic Relations.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that convenes leading global voices, conducts independent research and engages the public to provide insight and influence the discourse on critical global issues. 

A. Mikolajczyk