Rena & Angelius Anspach Lecture

The Rena and Angelius Anspach Institute of the University of Pennsylvania sponsors a well-attended annual public lecture at Penn that brings leading thinkers and public intellectuals to our campus.

2016-2017: "Election 2016: Implications for Foreign Policy"

David Sanger, National Security Correspondent, New York Times

Date: Tuesday, October 25 6PM

Location: College Hall 200

David Sanger is a 30-year veteran of The New York Times and a regular guest on CBS' Face the Nation. His 2013 bestselling book (Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power) is a riveting analysis of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, including its covert reliance on cyberwarfare, drones, and special operations forces. Foreign Affairs called the book an “astonishingly revealing insider’s account." His previous bestseller, The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, is an in-depth examination of American foreign policy successes and failures. TIME called it a "behind-the-scenes account...laced with scoops and secret conversations about a world spinning out of America's control."

Sanger has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at the Times. His coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises took home the Weintal Prize, one of the highest honors for diplomatic reporting. He also won the White House Correspondents’ Association Aldo Beckman prize for his presidential coverage.
Early in his career, Sanger covered technology and economics, before turning to foreign policy. Over the years, he has focused on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the rise and fall of Japan, and China’s increasing power and influence. Later, he covered domestic and foreign policy issues as the Times’ White House correspondent from 1999 to 2006 and the NSA and cybersecurity as the current National Security Correspondent.

Sanger teaches national security policy as a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Questions? Contact Eileen Doherty-Sil



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