Secretary Robert M. Gates and the “Exercise of Power”

On June 30, 2020, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University co-hosted a very special online event featuring Robert M. Gates — former Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence, President of Texas A&M University, and Dean of The Bush School of Government and Public Service.

This conversation, moderated by The Bush School Dean Mark Welsh, covered Secretary Gates’ historic government service, his thoughts on current events, and of course his new book EXERCISE OF POWER: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World which was released on June 16th by Knopf.

The program also featured comments by Andy Card, the new interim CEO of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, who joined the conversation and shared his thoughts on the Bushes’ remarkable legacies of service.

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