Prof. Bob Pape will moderate a discussion between Secretaries Panetta and Chuck Hagel about the war in Ukraine.

Former U.S. Secretaries of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Charles Timothy Hagel will be in conversation at the 2022 Hagel Lecture hosted by the Chicago Project on Security and Threats on Wednesday, May 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT, at Mandell Hall (1131 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637).

A livestream of the event will be available on CPOST's YouTube Channel.

Robert A. Pape
Robert A. Pape


Moderated by CPOST Director Robert A. Pape, the event will be a wide-ranging discussion on Ukraine, the future of the liberal order, and prospects for principled foreign policy.

“In what can only be described as tumultuous and radically polarized times, there is a hunger for trying to understand the big picture,” Pape says. “Secretary Panetta and Secretary Hagel have a lifetime of doing exactly that. The informal nature and intimate setting of the event offers the audience a front-row seat into the working of governments and international relations.”

The Hagel Lecture Series on Civil Politics and International Security was established in 2019 in collaboration with Secretary Hagel, CPOST, and the University of Chicago with the goal of promoting open and informed debate on current foreign policy and national security challenges facing the U.S. and their implications for the country.

“Our purpose is to promote open and informed debate on current foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States,” Pape says.

Leon Panetta
Leon Panetta


This event’s guest, Secretary Panetta, served in President Barack Obama’s administration as director of the CIA, where he oversaw the hunt for Osama bin Laden. As secretary of defense, he led the effort to develop a new defense strategy, helped bring two wars to an end, and opened up opportunities for everyone to serve in the military.

Secretary Hagel served as the 24th secretary of defense from February 2013 to February 2015. He directed steps to modernize U.S. partnerships and alliances, promote the rebalance in Asia-Pacific, and bolster support for European allies. He advanced defense cooperation in the Middle East while overseeing the end of America’s combat mission in Afghanistan.

The event is free to attend. Registration is required.