Stanford community members heard last Wednesday from Ertharin Cousin, former U.S. ambassador and director of the UN World Food Programme.
“We’ve done a lot there. We haven’t done it all well, but we should be proud of what we have done,” former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry M.A. ’94 said during his closing assessment of the United States’ role in Afghanistan. Eikenberry spoke to approximately 140 attendees about the transition to Afghan sovereignty in the Central Asian state Monday in Encina Hall’s Bechtel Conference Center.
Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Iraq and Afghanistan, delivered yesterday a wide-ranging talk entitled “The Struggle for the Broader Middle East: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go.”
Standing before a packed Memorial Auditorium on Monday, Bill Gates asked, “Are the brightest minds working on the most important problems?” Despite a number of significant breakthroughs over the past decades, the answer for Gates is far from a resounding “yes.”