Join us for the sixth installment of the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership series hosted in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha. This series explores critical issues with global leaders in search of solutions to today’s global challenges, and it provides an opportunity to engage with former Secretary of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other global leaders, policymakers, and thinkers.

This year’s forum will feature opening remarks by former United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., followed by a discussion with Hagel, moderated by Jody Neathery-Castro, interim associate vice chancellor for global engagement at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The series debuted at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2019 with a discussion on pressing global issues between Hagel and Joe Biden, who was at the time the former US vice president. Other distinguished speakers featured in this series include former US Secretary of State John Kerry in 2020, former US Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge in 2021, former Governor of Arizona Janet Napolitano in 2022, and former Washington Executive Editor of the Wall Street Journal Gerald F. Seib in 2023.

Hagel served as chairman of the Atlantic Council from February 2009 to February 2013. He is currently a distinguished statesman and serves as a member of the Council’s International Advisory Board.

This conversation will be broadcast on the Atlantic Council’s webpage and social media platforms.

Opening remarks

Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Joanne Li
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Randall E. Adkins
Senior Associate Dean and Professor
College of Arts & Sciences
University of Nebraska at Omaha


Eric H. Holder Jr.
Former United States Attorney General

Secretary Chuck Hagel
Former United States Secretary of Defense

Moderated by

Jody Neathery-Castro
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement
University of Nebraska at Omaha

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