Each year the IR Program at NYU hosts a Benton Discussion on Statecraft and Diplomacy. The event is named after the former Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Professor Lauren Benton. Under Dean Benton's leadership the MA in IR was founded as a stand-alone program in the Graduate School with the explicit goal of providing an interdisciplinary degree oriented at students looking to work in the field of international affairs. The goal of the Benton Discussion is to allow an eminent practitioner of foreign affairs and an eminent observer or scholar to engage in an open discussion on particular challenges in modern international affairs, whilst allowing members of the university community, in particular students, to engage with the speakers.
Please see below for more information about our past Benton Lecture events.
In Fall 2017 (American Values, Interests, and... Compromise? American Diplomacy in 2017), we are are pleased to host Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations and Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Executive Editor, Foreign Affairs.
In Spring 2017 (The Future of the International System), we were pleased to host Dr. Esther Brimmer and Gracie Allen Award Winner Marcia Biggs (Special Correspondent, PBS Newshour) -- CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
Our inagural event in Spring 2016 (Afghanistan at a Crossroads) featured the Afghan Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, in conversation with five time Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Prix Bayeux award winner, Christina Lamb OBE, of the London Sunday Times.
In Spring 2015 (Iraq, ISIS, and the Contemporary Middle East), we were please to host His Excellency Ambassador Mohammed Alhakim (Iraq's Permanent Representative to the UNHQ in New York) and Pulitzer Prize Winner Dr. Leslie H. Gelb (President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations)