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About the Speaker

David E. Sanger is Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times and is one of the newspaper's senior writers. In a three-decade-long career at the paper, he has reported from New York, Tokyo and Washington, specializing in foreign policy, national security and the politics of globalization. Twice he has been a member of Times teams that won the Pultizer Prize.

He is also the author of two New York Times best-sellers: “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power’’ (2012) and “The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power,’’ (2009) . "Confront and Conceal" revealed the depth and scope of American efforts to delay Iran’s nuclear program, and described the battles inside the administration over policy toward Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Arab uprisings and China.

In addition to the Pulitzers, Mr. Sanger has won numerous awards for White House and national security coverage, including the Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting in 2004 for his coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises, the Aldo Beckman prize for coverage of the presidency and, in 2003 and 2007, the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for coverage of national security strategy. In 2007, The New York Times received the DuPont Award from the Columbia Journalism School for "Nuclear Jihad: Can Terrorists Get the Bomb?," following Mr. Sanger and his colleague William J. Broad as they investigated the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network.

Mr. Sanger is a 1982 graduate of Harvard College, where he has served as adjunct professor of public policy and the first senior fellow in The Press and National Security at the Belfer Center at the Kennedy School of Government. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Sherill, and their two sons.


I.M. “Mac” Destler is Director, Program on International Security and Economic Policy; Senior Fellow, Center for International and Security Policy at Maryland (CISSM); and the Saul Stern Professor of Civic Engagement. He specializes in the politics and processes of U.S. foreign policymaking. He is co-author, with Ivo H. Daalder, of In the Shadow of the Oval Office (Simon and Schuster, 2009), which analyzes the role of the President's national security adviser from the Kennedy through the George W. Bush administration. His American Trade Politics (Institute for International Economics, 4th edition, 2005) won the Gladys M. Kammerer Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book on U.S. national policy.

The Saul I. Stern Professorship of Civic Engagement recognizes individuals of vision and distinction who enjoy a national reputation for addressing issues on the regional, national and international stage, reflecting Stern's own diverse life of public service.


CISSM is a research center at the School of Public Policy that pursues policy-oriented scholarship on major issues facing the US in the global arena. CISSM seeks to enliven and broaden the campus debate on international issues by involving faculty, students and visiting scholars from a wide range of disciplines, and by sponsoring courses and the CISSM Forum.  It also reaches beyond the university to the policy world, working through its research, conferences and publications to improve communication between scholars and practitioners. The CISSM Forum  is supported by the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Policy Research. CISSM also sponsors special events on campus and in downtown Washington, D.C.

The School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, provides graduate and post-graduate studies in a comprehensive range of domestic and international policy areas. Situated near the nation's capital, the school affords access for students and faculty to the broad spectrum of governmental and nongovernmental agencies that formulate and implement policies affecting the economy, the environment, welfare, children and families, and international relations.

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