2008: Global Issues Facing the Next President and the Nation

The theme for the 2008 Panetta Lecture Series was “Global Issues Facing the Next President and the Nation.”

As the nation navigated itself through the most dynamic presidential campaign in recent history, the country grappled with an unprecedented set of challenges. The four lectures of the 2008 series featured experts with a variety of perspectives examining economic, military, political and foreign policy issues in frank and illuminating detail.

Topic Speakers
Economic Challenges at Home and Abroad Alan Blinder
David Walker
(Leon Panetta, Moderator)
The Role of the Military and Intelligence in National Security Gen. Peter Pace
Gen. Barry McCaffrey
John Arquilla
(Leon Panetta, Moderator)
The Clash of Politics and Leadership Bill Richardson
Tucker Carlson
Bill Press
(Leon Panetta, Moderator)
Diplomacy, Preemption or Isolation: What Role for America? Andrew Card
Richard Holbrooke
(Leon Panetta, Moderator)