Passing the Baton Conference: America’s Role in the World

As the United States prepares to inaugurate its 45th president, the U.S. Institute of Peace will hold its third Passing the Baton conference to review global challenges confronting our nation. USIP will convene Cabinet-level and other senior foreign policy and national security figures from the outgoing and incoming administrations as part of a webcast only conference on January 10. They will be joined by top officials from previous administrations, thought leaders and other foreign policy experts.

This third Passing the Baton seeks vital common ground on U.S. foreign policy. In accord with USIP’s congressional mandate, it will advance informed, bipartisan problem-solving on threats to U.S. national interests and international peace—from wars and extremist violence to global environmental, nuclear, cyber-security and other threats.

Passing the Baton will include a day-long conference on January 10 that will be open to news media and on the record. Participants will include former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, former secretary of defense Chuck Hagel, and former national security advisors Stephen Hadley and General James Jones. National Security Advisor Susan Rice will be among speakers at the conference before ceremonially “passing the baton” to her counterpart designated by the incoming administration.

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