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Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg, the principal deputy to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will deliver the 2010 Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture at Colby College October 21. The lecture, titled American Leadership and International Cooperation: A Strategy for the 21st Century, will begin at 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, on the Waterville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Steinberg will discuss the role the United States is playing in the world. Recently he has spoken on topics ranging from sanctions on Iran to collaborating with China.

Appointed by President Obama, Steinberg was confirmed by the Senate Jan. 28, 2009, and sworn in by Clinton the next day. Prior to his appointment in the Obama administration, Steinberg served as dean of the

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He previously served as vice president and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he supervised a wide-ranging research program on U.S. foreign policy.

Steinberg served as deputy national security advisor to President Bill Clinton (1996-2000). During that period he also served as the president’s personal representative to the 1998 and 1999 G-8 summits. Earlier he served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Warren Christopher and director of the department’s policy planning staff (1994-1996) and as deputy assistant secretary for analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1993-1994).

Steinberg is the author of and contributor to numerous books and articles on foreign policy and national security topics, including Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power, Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007 and An Ever Closer Union: European Integration and Its Implications for the Future of U.S.-European Relations.

The Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture Series brings a prominent foreign policy leader to campus each fall for a lecture designed to foster interaction among students, faculty, and members of the greater Waterville community. It is a program of theGoldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.