Hutchings, Suri to Give Series of Public Book Talks on "Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy"


Hutchings, Suri to Give Series of Public Book Talks on "Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy"

Ambassador Robert Hutchings, former LBJ School of Public Affairs dean, and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and UT's Professor Jeremi Suri (LBJ School and History) are beginning a series of public book talks focused on their recent release, Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy. The book draws on case studies of significant foreign policy achievements in order to understand and examine the conditions that make such breakthroughs possible. It has received praise from former Secretary of State James Baker, who called it a “well-researched and compelling collection of diplomatic successes that can serve as a roadmap for future leadership on the global stage." New American Foundation CEO and former State Department Director of Policy Planning Anne Marie Slaughter echoed his sentiments and said she could not “imagine a better time for a volume committed to the serious and detailed study of diplomatic breakthroughs.”

Rather than focus on failures, the book provides insight on how successes have been achieved and the factors that enable them. From the Non-Proliferation Treaty to the Camp David Accords to the reunification of Germany, the authors examine the actors, institutions, and conditions that made such events possible with an “eye toward contemporary challenges.” In particular, the authors hope the volume serves as a guide for policymakers who seek to learn the lessons of the past and utilize this knowledge in pursuit of the foreign policy breakthroughs of the future.

Public book talks thus far scheduled include: (additional dates will be posted here)

  • Aug. 25: Austin Council on Foreign Affairs, Austin, TX
  • Oct. 1: Ph.D. Colloquium, LBJ School, Austin, TX
  • Oct. 2: Dept. of History, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • Oct. 7: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.
  • December 5: Dallas World Affairs Council, Dallas, CO
  • Nov.19: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 
  • March 10: Aspen Institute, Aspen, CO

The book, published by Oxford University Press, was released July 9, 2015.

Ambassador Robert Hutchings, formerly Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (2010-2015), will spend the coming year at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and thereafter continue his tenure at the LBJ School as the Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security and Professor of Public Affairs. His combined academic and diplomatic career included service as Director for European Affairs with the National Security Council, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State with the rank of ambassador, and Chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council.