Former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley to Discuss Middle East at Dr. Maurice S. Segal Lecture at Tufts

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (November 18, 2015)—Tufts University will present the Dr. Maurice S. Segal Lecture given by Stephen Hadley, former national security advisor to President George W. Bush, on November 30. The lecture, “A Challenge of a Middle East in Flames,” will address the region’s current realities and shifting dynamics.   

James Stavridis, dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and former NATO supreme allied commander, will lead the conversation with Hadley, whose comments will include discussion of findings from the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Strategy Task Force that he co-chairs with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The conversation will be followed by questions and answers.

The free, public event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in ASEAN Auditorium in the Cabot Intercultural Center on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Members of the public who would like to attend can RSVP online by November 23. Members of the news media who would like to attend should contact Patrick Collins ( or 617-627-4173) or Katie Cinnamond Benoit ( or 617-627-4703) for a reserved seat.

Hadley was the assistant to the president for national security affairs, commonly known as the national security advisor, from 2005 to 2009, serving as the principal White House foreign policy advisor. He directed the National Security Council staff and ran the interagency national security policy development and execution process.

Prior to his role as national security advisor, he served as the assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor under National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. In this role, he covered the full range of national security issues and had special responsibilities in several areas, including political dialogue between the U.S. and Russia, the Israeli disengagement from Gaza, and the development of a strategic relationship with India.

Hadley currently is principal of RiceHadleyGates LLC, an international consulting firm that assists senior executives of major corporations in overcoming the challenges to doing business in major emerging markets. He is also board chairman of the United States Institute of Peace, an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to prevent, mitigate and resolve violent international conflict through nonviolent means. He has co-chaired a series of senior bipartisan working groups on topics such as Arab-Israeli peace and U.S. political strategy in Afghanistan.

This lecture series is named for the late Dr. Maurice Segal, who earned both his bachelor's and M.D. degrees from Tufts University, and was a professor emeritus at Tufts University School of Medicine. A prominent researcher in lung disease, Dr. Segal established the Tufts Lung Station in 1946, one of the nation’s first centers for respiratory care and research. He was a member of the Tufts University Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

This lecture series was established to bring to Tufts speakers who address issues of global importance.


Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university is widely encouraged.

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