Nancy E. Soderberg, a United States ambassador to the United Nations from 1997 to 2001, will join the President’s Forum lecture series on Monday, March 24.
(March 17, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—With nearly 20 years of experience in the formation of U.S. foreign policy, Nancy E. Soderberg has a deep understanding of policy-making and negotiations at the highest levels of government, including work with the United Nations. On Monday, March 24, Soderberg will share her expertise with the Hobart and William Smith community in a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The talk, titled “The Future of International Relations,” is a part of President Mark Gearan’s President’s Forum Series as well as the capstone speaker for a daylong symposium on terrorism. WEOS (89.7 / 90.3 / 88.1 FM) will broadcast the entire symposium, barring breaking news items. The coverage will start at 10 a.m.
From 1993 until 1997, Soderberg served as the third ranking official of the National Security Council at the White House, including as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. She was responsible for day-to-day crisis management, briefing the President and developing U.S. national security.
From 1997 until 2001, Soderberg served as alternate representative to the United Nations as a presidential appointee, with the rank of ambassador. Her responsibilities included representing the United States at the Security Council. She has also worked as senior foreign policy advisor to Sen. Edward Kennedy.
In April 2001, Soderberg joined the International Crisis Group (ICG) as vice president and director of the New York office. ICG, based in Brussels, is an international non-profit organization, which advocates policies to prevent and contain conflict.
Soderberg holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. She has published a number of articles on national security issues in leading newspapers and speaks regularly on national security policy.