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Samantha Power‏
Samantha Power‏
Global Thinker • Former U.N. Ambassador
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The youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power has been a leading voice internationally for principled American engagement in the world. One of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” she has spent half of her career explaining complex geopolitical events as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and Harvard professor – and the last eight years helping to shape them. In April, 2017 she returned to teaching, as the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School, where she is writing a book, The Education of an Idealist, which will chronicle her years in public service and reflect on the role of human rights and humanitarian ideals in contemporary geopolitics.

As the 28th U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Power became the public face of U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, lobbied to secure the release of political prisoners, and helped mobilize global action against ISIL. From 2009 to 2013, she served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights.

Called by Forbes “a powerful crusader for U.S foreign policy as well as human rights and democracy,” Ambassador Power was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” The American Academy in Berlin awarded her the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize. “She has an excellent and analytical mind,” said Kissinger, “I admire the way she has faced our challenges.”

Her book, A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2003. The New Republic praised it as “Nothing less than a masterwork of contemporary journalism…An angry, brilliant, fiercely useful, absolutely essential book.”

She also wrote the New York Times bestseller Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (2008) and was the co-editor of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (2011). The 2017 memorial edition of Elie Wiesel’s seminal memoir, Night, opens with a tribute by President Obama and foreword by Power.

Before joining the U.S. government, Ambassador Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a columnist for Time, and a National Magazine Award-winning contributor to the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books.

Ambassador Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

At the age of nine, Power immigrated to the United States from Ireland. She earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Videos
  • 'Are you truly incapable of shame?' Russia and Assad in Aleppo
  • In Conversation at the Aspen Institute
  • Diplomacy, Motherhood, and the 24-7 Job 'of a Lifetime'
  • Power Explains the Whole World to Stephen Colbert
  • Samantha Power on Russia Threat: Farewell Address at the U.N. (2017)
  • Yale Commencement: Making Real Change (2016)
  • National Security: Yemen and Iraq, Russia in Crimea, Threat of ISIL
  • TED: A complicated hero in the war on dictatorship (2008)
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Speaking Topics
The State of the World: Challenges & Opportunities
Leadership: Why it Matters
How You Can Change Your Slice of the World 
Why Human Rights Matter More Than Ever
Fixing American Foreign Policy
Women, National Security, and the Juggle of a Lifetime
The New Diplomacy: Putting People First in the 21st Century
Books & Other Works
  • "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide
  • The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrook in the World
  • Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World
Testimonials
“The feedback about her session has been absolutely tremendous – I honestly think it is likely our highest rated session ever.”
Boston Consulting Group
“One of our foremost thinkers on foreign policy, she showed us that the international community has a moral responsibility and a profound interest in resolving conflicts and defending human dignity. As a senior member of my national security team, she has been a relentless advocate for American interests and values, building partnerships on behalf of democracy and human rights, fighting the scourge of antisemitism and combatting human trafficking. To those who care deeply about America's engagement and indispensable leadership in the world, you will find no stronger advocate for that cause than Samantha.”
President Barack Obama
“From the moment Ambassador Power arrived in Dublin after a long overnight transatlantic flight she was totally committed, enthusiastic, unflappable, tireless and really warm to everyone we encountered. The lecture she delivered at the Abbey Theatre was the high point of her visit for which she received a long and rapturous standing ovation. ”
T.S. Eliot Foundation
“Ambassador Power was so great to work with, easy to host and completely fascinated the audience during her on-stage conversation – the event was definitely a success!”
Northwestern University Contemporary Thought Speaker Series
“She was a performer of the first order. No notes, the fingers and the arms always flashing in the air, and a voice going from a whisper to a shout. She was pure theatre.”
Leslie H. Gelb, Council of Foreign Relations
“There is no doubt about where Samantha stands with respect to our values. The oppressed, the displaced, those suffering offenses to human dignity know that they will have a passionate defending in Samantha...(she) understands the imperatives of policymaking, which are that one never has, or very rarely, an opportunity for a perfect answer; that one always has to adjust it, to some extent, to circumstance; and that one has to carry out ideals over a period of time, not in any one heroic effort. All of this she has done with enormous distinction and great charm.”
Henry A. Kissinger
“She has been a powerful friend to the displaced and downtrodden and a foe of dictators and despots. She has seen how hard it is to compel the world to act, but she has never stopped defending the values America holds dear.”
Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
“Ambassador Power is both a significant scholar and a practitioner of United States foreign policy who engages American diplomacy effectively to deal with critical twenty-first century challenges.”
Gerhard Casper, President of The American Academy in Berlin
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