Samantha Power on the future of democracy

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, will examine the prospects for democracy in a major lecture at The Australian National University (ANU) tonight.

Ambassador Power will deliver the inaugural Gareth Evans Oration – a new ANU annual lecture to honour the retiring Chancellor.

In her address, Ambassador Power will argue the future of democracy is in our hands.

While people often think a democratic future is inevitable, she will say it is in fact “a scrum” – and people need to work together to ensure it survives.

Ambassador Power will draw on her extensive experience at the highest level of US foreign policy and as a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet. She will also reflect on lessons outlined in her latest book, The education of an idealist.

Her lecture will be followed by a response from Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans, and a book signing.

Ambassador Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the William D Zabel Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School.

From 2013 to 2017 she served as the 28th US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as well as a member of President Obama's cabinet.

From 2009 to 2013, she served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. 

Before moving into academia and politics, Ambassador Power was a war correspondent reporting from Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda and Sudan, among other countries.

Media are invited to attend tonight’s lecture.

To register contact James Giggacher on +61 436 803 488 or


WHO: Ambassador Samantha Power   

WHAT:  The future of democracy

WHERE: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music (Building 100), Childers Street, ANU

WHEN: 6.30-8pm

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