A Conversation with The Honorable John Kerry, 68th Secretary of State of the United States
March 27, 2018


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To many, the world seems more unstable with each passing week and it’s increasingly more challenging to feel at ease given the state of world affairs—from an uncertain future with The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, to a heightened state of tension between the United States and North Korea.

Despite what we all might hear on the nightly news, The Honorable John Kerry, the 68th United States Secretary of State who, served from February 2013 to January 2017, will present his optimistic path for the future of diplomacy and leadership from the podium of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

About the Speaker:
The Honorable John KerryOn February 1, 2013, John Forbes Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States, becoming the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman to serve as Secretary in over a century. Kerry drew from this experience to provide the State Department with global stewardship on issues ranging from nuclear nonproliferation to radical extremists, to humanitarian challenges and the rising threat of climate change.

In 2013, Kerry became the first Secretary of State to meet with Iran’s Foreign Minister since the Iranian revolution of 1979. This meeting was the highest-level U.S. diplomatic contact with Iran in more than six years, and a key moment on the journey towards the eventual signing of the 2015 agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

Kerry was also a key architect of the Paris Climate Accord, signing the agreement to reduce carbon emissions in 2016.

The Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States, in 2004, and a long serving Senator from Massachusetts, Kerry drew upon a lifetime of public service during his tenure as Secretary.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - Evening

Villanova University
Villanova Room, Connelly Center
800 E. Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085

5:30 pm Registration to open
6:00 pm Reception with photo line (for those ticket holders - sold out)
6:30 pm Program
7:35 pm Conclusion of Program


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