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A Conversation with Ambassador John Bolton

Ambassador John Bolton’s name is synonymous with foreign policy service at the highest levels of government, having served four different presidents. Most recently, Bolton served as assistant to the president for national security affairs from April 9, 2018, until his resignation on September 10, 2019. He chronicled this experience in the recent best-selling book, The Room Where It Happened.

From January 2007 until April 2018, John R. Bolton served as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. He was appointed as United States permanent representative to the United Nations on August 1, 2005 and served until his resignation in December 2006. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Bolton served as under secretary of state for arms control and international security from May 2001 to May 2005. Throughout his distinguished career, Ambassador Bolton has been a staunch defender of American interests. While under secretary of state, he repeatedly advocated tough measures against the nuclear weapons programs of both Iran and North Korea, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction worldwide. He led negotiations for America to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty so that the Bush Administration could proceed with a national missile-defense program.

Ambassador Bolton has spent many years of his career in public service. Previous positions he has held include assistant secretary for international organization affairs at the Department of State, 1989–1993; assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice, 1985–1989; assistant administrator for program and policy coordination at the U.S. Agency for International Development, 1982–1983; and general counsel at the U.S. Agency for International Development, 1981–1982.

Ambassador Bolton is the author of The Room Where it Happened, published by Simon & Schuster (June 2020) , Surrender is Not an Option: Defending America at the U.N. and Abroad, published by Simon & Shuster (November 2007), and How Barack Obama Is Endangering Our National Sovereignty, published by Encounter Books (April 2010).

Ambassador Bolton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale College in 1970, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1974. Please join us for this important conversation.


A copy of John Bolton’s The Room Where It Happened is included with your ticket price, and will be shipped to you directly after the program (domestic U.S. addresses only).

September 8, 2020

United States

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John Bolton

Author, The Room Where It Happened; Twitter @AmbJohnBolton

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Dr. Gloria Duffy

President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator


10:30–11:30 a.m. (Pacific Time) program