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Join us for the third installment of the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership series hosted in partnership with the Atlantic Council. 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 Secretary Hagel and other global leaders, policymakers, and thinkers. The series debuted at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2019 with a discussion on pressing global issues between Secretary Hagel and then-former US Vice President Joe Biden. The 2020 event featured former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who spoke to issues on climate change and technological innovation.
This year’s forum will feature opening remarks by Secretary Tom Ridge followed by a discussion with Secretary Ridge and Secretary Hagel moderated by Dr. Michelle Black, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a research fellow for the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI).

Secretary 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 while Secretary Ridge sits on the Council’s Board of Directors. 

This virtual event will premiere online at 6:00 p.m. EST, Monday, March 8, on the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership website and on Atlantic Council platforms. After registering by clicking the RSVP button, you will receive a confirmation email with more information on how to watch the event as well as submit questions for our distinguished panelists. ​​​​

Welcome remarks and introductions

Fred Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Jabin Moore
Student Body President & Student Regent
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Jeffrey P. Gold
University of Nebraska at Omaha


Secretary Tom Ridge
Former US Secretary of Homeland Security;
Former Governor of Pennsylvania;
Member, Board of Directors
Atlantic Council

Secretary Chuck Hagel
Former US Secretary of Defense;
Former US Senator from Nebraska;
University of Nebraska at Omaha alum;
Distinguished Statesman and International Advisory Board member
Atlantic Council

Moderated by

Michelle Black
Assistant professor of Political Science
University of Nebraska at Omaha