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JFK and the Future of Global Leadership

Chatham House, London

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Participants

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Author, To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House

Overview

Professor Jeffrey Sachs will discuss how John F Kennedy's leadership style in negotiating the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty can offer lessons for tackling today's global challenges, including the post-2015 development agenda.

The speaker will argue that Kennedy's focus on strong statesmanship and vision, supported by powerful oratory and trust in public understanding, can be a guide for current leaders in foreign policy. He will also share his thoughts on the personal, moral, and intellectual qualities that are required to succeed in complex international negotiations.