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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton to Speak at Duke Feb. 17

Tickets required for free public talk in Page Auditorium

DURHAM, N.C. -- Former national security adviser John Bolton will speak at Duke University’s Page Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 17.

Bolton, a national security adviser to President Trump (2018-2019) and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (2005-2006), will focus on current threats to national security.

The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy’s spring 2020 Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required and are available beginning Friday, Feb. 7, either in person at the Duke Box Office or online at  No tickets will be available at the door.

Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck for an hourly rate.

Bolton previously served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations in several roles in the State and Justice Departments. He also served in the George W. Bush administration as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Bolton serves as a senior adviser to the Rhône Group, advising and providing counsel to portfolio companies on a variety of matters including geopolitical and economic issues.

Peter Feaver, director of Duke’s American Grand Strategy program and professor of political science and public policy at Duke, will interview Bolton.

“Ambassador Bolton has been in the center of the foreign policy and national security arena during some of the most consequential periods in modern American history,” Feaver said. “His most recent service as national security advisor to President Trump positions him exceptionally well to speak to the issues of the day -- issues that will continue to shape America’s role in the world for years to come. This is an exciting opportunity to hear first-hand from a significant figure in American policymaking."