Alain Le Roy Joins Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr.

in Program

Ambassador Bloomfield sat down with Alain Le Roy, United
Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, for this month’s Chairman’s Forum. Mr. Le Roy discussed the role of peacekeeping operations in the world today, as well as other topics related to international peace and security. Mr.
Le Roy was in Washington for the International Day of Peacekeepers,
which falls on May 29. The event, held on May 24, was co-hosted with the Better World
Campaign and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
(Peace and Security Committee).

The Chairman’s Forum is a strategic conversation that features respected opinion leaders in the foreign and security policy arena. Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr., Stimson’s Chairman of the Board, holds these informal discussions about eight times a year to address the most relevant global issues we face today.

View the complete video of the event below. The transcript is available here.


Past guests include Elon Musk, Senator Lindsey GrahamGeneral Michael V. Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy,  Rep. Howard Berman, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Richard L. Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State.


Mr. Elon Musk – April 5, 2011

Mr. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, joined Stimson Chairman Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr., to discuss his interest in private space exploration. The event also included discussion of the newly announced Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket since the Apollo program.

Senator Lindsey Graham – March 9, 2011

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joined Stimson Chairman Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr., to discuss a wide range of international security topics. Topics included the Senator’s thoughts on the situation in Libya and the role of USIP.

You can view the complete video of his talk below.



General Michael V. Hayden – October 19, 2010

General Michael V. Hayden discussed a variety of intelligence issues during his talk at the Stimson Center. The complete video is available below, or you can view his thoughts on specific issues by clicking the links below.

General Hayden on:

Covert Action and the Executive        

Intelligence Spending

Counter-Intelligence and China      

North Korea

Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions                  


Open Source Intelligence                  

Intelligence and the Executive Branch

General Hayden’s talk was covered by Fox News, Talk Radio News, and the Examiner

The Honorable Daniel Poneman – September 7, 2010

Please watch the complete video of the event below.


The Honorable Howard Berman – June 29, 2010

To view the transcript of Representative Berman’s talk, please click here.

The event was covered by Global Security Newswire. Click here to read the article.


 The Honorable Richard Armitage – May 4, 2010


Chairman’s Forum: Inaugural Stimson Event Opens
with former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage

Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. sat down with former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage last Tuesday, for the Stimson Center’s inaugural Chairman’s Forum. During this hour-long discussion, Bloomfield asked Armitage about a wide range of topics chiefly focused on the future role of the United States on the international stage. Armitage and Bloomfield also discussed impediments to a more effective approach to national security, as well as regional issues.

Highlights included:

  • An analysis of the phenomenon of rising China, and why President Obama is in a better position than the People’s Republic of China’s President Hu Jintao.
    Click for video clip
  • Comments on President Obama’s military strategy in Afghanistan.
    Click for video clip
  • An overview of past interactions between the United States and Japan, and issues that the development of this relationship must address in the coming years.
    Click for video clip
  • Guiding principles for policy makers as they seek to manage the divide between Indian and Pakistani relations. Click for video clip


The Chairman’s Forum is a new series at the Stimson Center, where Ambassador Bloomfield hosts a different opinion leader periodically at lunchtime to cover topics dealing with national security and international affairs.

The next  forum will be June 29, when Ambassador Bloomfield will host Rep. Howard L. Berman, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Hon. Richard L. Armitage was the 13th U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, the second-in-command at the State Department, from 2001-2005. He filled key diplomatic positions as Presidential Special Negotiator for the Philippines Military Bases Agreement and Special Mediator for Water in the Middle East from 1989-1992. President George H.W. Bush sent him as a Special Emissary to Jordan’s King Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War, and made him Special Coordinator of Assistance to the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union.  

Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. is Chairman of the Henry L. Stimson Center, a Washington-DC based non-profit, non-partisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security. He served as the US Special Envoy for Man-Portable Air Defense Systems Threat Reduction from 2008-2009, and Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs from 2001-2005 among other positions in the State Department, White House and Pentagon beginning in 1981. 

For Immediate Release, May 14, 2010
CONTACT: April Umminger, (202) 478-3442 or Alison Yost, (202) 478-3446

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