The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors’ Lunch with Glenn Kessler, Diplomatic Correspondent for the Washington Post, on Friday, October 19th, in the Belfer Center Library (L369)

After serving as President Bush's national security advisor through 2004, many thought that Condoleezza Rice would leave politics and return to Stanford.  But the President personally lobbied Rice to stay in the Administration and serve as secretary of state. Two years later, polls showed Americans regarded her as the most powerful woman in the country.  In his new book, The Confidante, Washington Post correspondent Glenn Kessler provides an insightful look at Secretary Rice by drawing on his firsthand experiences traveling with her, as well as an impressive array of documents and interviews. Kessler organizes the book by region, vividly dramatizing Rice's travels and negotiations overseas, while providing thoughtful analysis and historical background to put these vignettes in context.

Kessler is a diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post, a position he has held since May 2002, where he reports on the formulation and implementation of US foreign policy at the State Department, and the White House.  He recently wrote “The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy.”

Before joining the Post, Kessler worked as a Washington correspondent and New York City based reporter for Newsday. While serving in Washington, Kessler served as White House, national political and congressional correspondent. He led the newspaper’s coverage of the 1996 election and the 1995 budget stalemate between Congress and the White House that resulted in two government shutdowns.

Among other awards, Kessler has won the Page One Award of the Newspaper Guild, the Atrium Award, the investigative reporting award of the Society of the Silurians and the Premier Award of the Aviation/Space Writers Association. Kessler was a part of the reporting teams that won a 1992 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a deadly subway crash and a 1996 and a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the TWA Flight 800 crash.

Kessler is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a Bachelor’s degree in European history from Brown University and a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.  

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