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Master Negotiator: James A. Baker, III's Role at the End of the Cold War
Dr. Diana Villiers Negroponte, Global Fellow, Wilson Center

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

James Baker Diana Villiers Negroponte

Event Schedule
11:30 AM Luncheon
12:00 PM Program & Book Signing

In a 2020 article for Politico, journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser referred to James A. Baker, III as a man who “excelled at the sort of deal-making that no longer seems possible” – a fitting description for the man Diana Villiers Negroponte argues “changed the world” through his sheer diplomatic skill.

As the twentieth century came to a chaotic close, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III found himself at the center of many of the era’s most pivotal moments. The world order undergoing massive change and Baker’s diplomatic efforts were vast: the addition of unified Germany to NATO, the meeting of Israel and Palestine for the Oslo Accords, and the creation of a coalition to push Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. Baker had a hand in all these events as they came together, but perhaps most critical for the United States was Baker’s leadership as the USSR dissolved. As a key player in negotiations that would influence future American-Russian relations, as well as each country’s place in the world, Baker helped to usher in the end of the cold war.

Diana Villiers Negroponte is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, a non-partisan think tank, where she currently studies the role of the U.K. in a post-Brexit world. She previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and worked on the history of the U.S. Institute of Peace. She also spent time at the European Commission and within the British Conservative Party’s international office. Negroponte is the author of multiple books and several articles. She holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.


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