The Age of Insecurity: American Leadership in an Era of Change

Mona Sutphen '89

Mona Sutphen
The Age of Insecurity: American Leadership in an Era of Change
Short clip of 2/9/12 public lecture

Public Lecture

The global system has not experienced such far-reaching tumult since the period leading into WWI. The financial crisis accelerated trends already underway with the relative rise of Asia and consequential demographic shifts. Multilateral institutions have not kept pace with technological and political change and are less capable than ever in dealing with crises. The big unanswered question, therefore, is if the old system that provided a stable foundation for fifty years of global economic and political integration is crumbling away, what will replace it -- and what is the role of the U.S. in this era of change?

Event Details

Thursday, February 9, 2012
7:30 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Free and open to the public


Mona K. Sutphen '89 is the former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for policy for President Barack Obama. She advised the President on a range of issues, including regulatory matters, economic policy and strategic plans. She also served as a foreign policy advisor on the 2008 Presidential campaign and in the Obama-Biden Transition. She has recently been named to President Obama's Advisory Intelligence Board.

From 2001-2008, Ms. Sutphen was Managing Director at Stonebridge International, a global strategy consulting firm advising multinational corporations, financial institutions and other organizations on challenges and opportunities worldwide. She also was Vice President at Currenex, the first Internet-based trading platform for the institutional foreign exchange market.

Prior, Ms. Sutphen was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (1991-2000), serving in the Clinton Administration on the staff of the National Security Council, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo and at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is co-author of "The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise" (Simon & Schuster, 2008).

Mona Sutphen earned her B.A. in International Relations in 1989 from Mount Holyoke College and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.