"Hugely Important" Threats Face Next President, According to Lee Hamilton '52

"Hugely Important" Threats Face Next President, According to Lee Hamilton '52

August 10, 2008

Lee Hamilton Point.jpgAugust 10, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "When he finishes the victory lap down Pennsylvania Avenue, he's going to walk into that Oval Office and find a long, long list of challenges in front of him," says Lee Hamilton of America's next president. "There are threats that are hugely important."

Hamilton -- retired Democratic congressman, former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and 1952 graduate of DePauw University -- is among the "high-profile foreign policy experts" advising the candidates, according to a story in Texas' Austin American-Statesman today.

"Neither of the top two presumptive presidential nominees -- Republican Sen. John McCain or Democratic Sen. Barack Obama -- is waiting until inauguration day to prepare for the array of global challenges the next four years will bring," writes Bob Deans. "Both have assembled experienced teams of experts in the very foreign policy and national security challenges that await the next president."

The article adds, "In each stable is a combination of foreign policy star power." Barack Obama's team includes Hamilton and Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state who will visit DePauw next month. Henry Kissinger, who was Campaign 2008 Button.jpgsecretary of state under President Nixon, and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft are among John McCain's foreign policy advisers.

Find the complete text of "High-profile foreign policy experts guide McCain, Obama" at the newspaper's Web site.

Lee H. Hamilton was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives after 34 years.  He co-chaired the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group and is a member of the War Powers Commission. Like Albright, he will come to the DePauw campus in September to participate in DePauw Discourse 2008: America's Role in the World.

Learn more about Hamilton in this recent story.