Laura Jackson Lecture


Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Lectureship in World Issues

Featuring Professor Hal Brands
“The Twilight Struggle: What History Can Teach Us About America’s Rivalries with China and Russia Today”

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About Hal Brands
Hal Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. He is the author or co-author of several books, most recently The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us About Great-Power Rivalry Today, Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China,, and The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order. Hal served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Strategic Planning from 2015 to 2016. He has also served as lead writer for the Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States, and consulted with a range of government offices and agencies in the intelligence and national security communities. He is a member of the State Department Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

About the Lecture

The Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Issues was established in 1995 by Laura's parents, Frank and Darba Jackson and many other family members and friends. In memory of Laura, the lectureship is dedicated to piecing together a larger picture of the individual issues that contribute to today's world affairs.

Previous lecture presenters include:

  • Dr. Hal Brands (2022)
  • Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (2021)
  • Mr. Victor Boutros (2019)
  • Mr. Kenneth M. Pollack (2018)
  • Mr. George Walden (2017)
  • Professor Timothy Samuel Shah (2016)
  • Professor Robert P. George (2015)
  • The Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr. and Mr. Terry Teachout (2014, Lecture held in Spring and Fall)
  • Dr. Peter Berkowitz (2013)
  • Dr. David M. Lampton (2012)
  • Dr. Michael Mandelbaum (2011)
  • Dr. George Weigel (2010)
  • Dr. Andrew C. Kuchins (2008)
  • Dr. Robert J. Lieber(2007)
  • Prof. Charles Hill (2006)
  • Dr. Harvey Sicherman(2005)
  • Dr. Michael Mandelbaum (2004)
  • Dr. Beth Dougherty (2003)
  • Prof. H. William Brands(2002)
  • Mr. Paul Bell (2001)
  • Ms. Julianna Lindsey and Dr. Harlan Cleveland (2000)
  • Ms. Elena Poniatowska Amor (1999)
  • Dr. Grant T. Hammond (1998)
  • Dr. Paul Mojzes (1997)
  • Dr. Gordon Smith (1996)
  • Sir Robert Rhodes James (1995)