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Gen. Colin Powell will join Secretaries of State roundtable

On March 27, five former secretaries of state will gather in Athens to discuss current U.S. foreign policy issues with the goal of providing direction and counsel to the next presidential administration. Gen. Colin Powell will join Henry Kissinger, James Baker III, Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright at “The Report of the Secretaries of State: Bipartisan Advice to the Next Administration.”

“We are very pleased that Gen. Colin Powell will be able to join the distinguished group of former secretaries of state who already have committed to attend our forum,” said C. Donald Johnson, former ambassador and director of the School of Law’s Dean Rusk Center, which is co-sponsoring the event.  

“We are confident the roundtable dialogue will be very thought provoking. The insight these former secretaries can provide regarding current foreign policy issues will surely take the public’s understanding to a new level.”   Currently, the roundtable is sold out. However, a waiting list procedure has been created to ensure that all seats will be filled for the forum. People who have not been able to secure tickets to the roundtable should contact the Classic Center at 800-864-4160 or to be placed on a first come, first served waitlist. Tickets are required for entry and, as they become available, the Classic Center will contact those on the list to redistribute them. Tickets are $10 for the general public. UGA faculty, staff and students can obtain their tickets for free by showing a UGA ID.

Those who cannot use tickets they already have obtained are urged to contact the Classic Center for ticket return procedures.

Sponsored by the School of Law’s Dean Rusk Center and the Southern Center for International Studies, the two-hour roundtable discussion will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will cover foreign policy issues.

There also will be a black-tie optional reception and dinner to be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta on March 26. Tickets cost $150 for SCIS members and $175 for all others. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets to the dinner also include VIP reserved seating at the conference. Reservations and advance payment are required. More information about the dinner is available online (