Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2011 Air & Space Conference Highlight: Charles Krauthammer

We are proud to announce award-winning writer Charles Krauthammer as one of our 2011 Air and Space Conference speakers. Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, Krauthammer currently writes an internationally syndicated column for The Washington Post Writers Group. He began writing the weekly column for the Washington Post in January 1985 and it now appears in more than 180 newspapers. He is also a panelist on Inside Washington and Special Report with Bret Baier.

Along with receiving a Pulitzer Prize, he was named by the Financial Times as America's most influential commentator.  

Born in New York City and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Krauthammer was educated at McGill University (B.A. 1970), Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar in Politics) and Harvard (M.D. 1975). Though he suffered a paralyzing diving accident in his first year of medical school, which hospitalized him for a year, he continued his medical studies and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975, and then began working as a psychiatrist.

In 1978, he came to Washington to help direct planning in psychiatric research in the Carter administration, and began contributing articles to The New Republic. In 1980, he served as a speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale and from 2001 to 2006, he served on the President's Council on Bioethics.

For now three decades, his influential writings have helped frame American foreign policy. He coined and developed The Reagan Doctrine (Time, April 1985), defined the structure of the post-Cold War world in The Unipolar Moment (Foreign Affairs, Winter 1990/1991), and outlined the principles of post-9/11 American foreign policy in his Irving Kristol Lecture, Democratic Realism (AEI Press, March 2004).

Krauthammer joined us at last year's Air & Space Conference, attracting a large crowd as he spoke about American foreign policy in the Middle East. We look forward to his session this year!

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