Common Ground

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

On the brink of possible U.S. airstrikes in Syria and a summit meeting with North Korea, the discussion between Susan Rice, former U.S. ambassador to the UN and national security advisor to President Obama, and Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and national security advisor to President George W. Bush, was particularly relevant on April 11.

The two delved into a discussion of politics across the aisle in a Common Ground event that was combined with the Sacerdote Great Names Series. The conversation was moderated by Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief foreign policy correspondent, and centered on current issues of American foreign policy. While their opinions differed, Rice and Rice never lost the air of mutual respect that provided the foundation for an engaging and constructive discussion about hot-button issues facing the United States today. More ...

About Common Ground

The goal is for the speakers to model the kind of respectful dialogue across political boundaries that should occur not just on college campuses, but in the broader society as well. With capable speakers on both sides of a given issue, each willing to acknowledge strengths in the position of the other speaker, we aim to encourage students and other audience members to question their own assumptions and consider carefully the evidence and arguments supporting other viewpoints.

David Wippman — Hamilton President

Common Ground is supported by the Pohl family in honor of Hamilton graduates Arthur, Class of 1914, Harold, Class of 1915, Leland, Class of 1917, Harold ’50, George ’51 and David ’54 in recognition of their affection for the College and their long association with the Central New York region.



Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and a professor of political science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

Susan E. Rice

Susan E. Rice

Susan E. Rice is currently a distinguished visiting research fellow at the American University School of International Service and a non-resident senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell is NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Report. Since joining NBC News in 1978, Mitchell has covered seven presidential administrations, Capitol Hill, and, since 1994, the State Department and intelligence agencies. She reports regularly on “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “TODAY” and “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.”

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