Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., a senior fellow at the Watson Institute and a former U.S. diplomat, will deliver a three-part lecture series on American diplomacy, as part of the Watson Institute’s Chong Wook Lee and Vartan Gregorian Distinguished Lecture Series. Lectures will take place Feb. 4, 11, and 18, and are free and open to the public.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University presents a three-part lecture series on American diplomacy by Ambassador Chas W. Freeman Jr., a senior fellow at the Watson Institute and a former U.S. diplomat. Freeman’s talks will take place on Feb. 4, 11, and 18, 2016, and are free and open to the public.

The series is sponsored by the Chong Wook Lee and Vartan Gregorian Distinguished Lecture Series.

Freeman’s lectures will examine the changing landscape of the international political and economic environment and what the United States must do to remain relevant in world affairs at a time when the structure of its alliances and its approach to national security no longer make sense.

More information about the series, as well as links to live webcasts of each lecture, can be found online at watson.brown.edu.

Chas W. Freeman Jr.

Chas W. Freeman Jr. is a senior fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense, ambassador to Saudi Arabia (during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm), acting assistant secretary of state for African affairs, and chargé d'affaires at both Bangkok and Beijing. He began his diplomatic career in India but specialized in Chinese matters. He was the principal American interpreter during President Nixon's visit to Beijing in 1972.

The Chong Wook Lee and Vartan Gregorian Distinguished Lecture Series

The Chong Wook Lee and Vartan Gregorian Distinguished Lecture Series honors Chong Wook Lee, founder and former president of the University of Suwon, the Republic of Korea, and Vartan Gregorian, president emeritus of Brown University and president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The lectureship symbolizes the friendship between the two presidents and celebrates the relationship between the two Universities, which was established formally in 1992. The lectureship aims to increase understanding about global issues and problems, particularly those affecting Asia and the United States.

Thursday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m.
The Crumbling of the Pax Americana
Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001
Live webcast

Thursday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.
The United States in the New World Disorder
Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.
Live webcast

Thursday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.
Recovering Diplomatic Agility
Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.
Live webcast