IGP Inaugural Summit

Spotlight Interviews

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The Spotlight Interview series brings prominent public- and private- sector leaders to the Institute of Global Politics for intimate, in-depth conversations about today’s most pressing global challenges. Speakers share insights from their experiences, including lessons learned, thoughts on current and future challenges, and advice for the next generation of policy leaders.

Robert O'Brien and Sean Penn

April 29, 2024
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton moderated a discussion with former national security advisor and inaugural IGP Carnegie Distinguished Fellow Ambassador Robert O’Brien, and Academy Award-winning actor and director Sean Penn, about bipartisan efforts to support Ukraine, the military aid package passed by Congress in April 2024, and Ukraine’s bid to join NATO.

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Eric Schmidt

March 28, 2024
IGP Carnegie Distinguished Fellow Eric Schmidt, former CEO & Chairman of Google, joined Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton virtually for a discussion on the role that tech companies, social media platforms, and generative AI will play in shaping democracies in the global 2024 elections. This event was cohosted by Aspen Digital, a program of the Aspen Institute. 

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Bertie Ahern and Maebh Reynolds

March 19, 2024
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton moderated a discussion with Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach of Ireland 1997-2007 and cosignatory of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, and Maebh Reynolds, Founder and CEO of GoPlugable, on Northern Ireland's pathway to unification and the new generation driving peace forward. This event, Women and Peacebuilding: Reflections from Northern Ireland, was cohosted with Queen’s University Belfast.

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Sara Jacobs MIA '12, Laura Kavanagh MPA '12, and Claudia López MPA '03

March 4, 2024
At the launch of the IGP Women's Initiative, three SIPA alumnae, including Claudia López MPA '03, Sara Jacobs MIA '12, and Laura Kavanagh MPA '12, discussed with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton how their training at Columbia SIPA prepared them for careers in public service.

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Oksana Markarova

February 7, 2024
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed what lies ahead for Ukraine in a virtual interview with Oksana Markarova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States.

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David Miliband

November 9, 2023
In a wide-ranging conversation with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, IGP Carnegie Distinguished Fellow David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), discussed IRC’s mission, the war in Gaza, and how to prioritize the support of girls, women, and children in the midst of humanitarian crises. 

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Jacinda Ardern

October 3, 2023
Rt. Hon. Dame Jacinda Ardern, the former prime minister of New Zealand, sat down with former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for a Spotlight Interview at the IGP Inaugural Summit. 

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Nancy Pelosi

April 3, 2023
To inaugurate the Spotlight Interview series on April 3, 2023, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke with House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi for a conversation on the state of U.S. democracy, including the threat of AI-generated deepfakes and advancing women’s rights at home and abroad. 

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