Sage Professor Steven Leibo Speaks at U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Institute

July 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

TROY, NY – Steven Leibo, Ph.D., professor of Modern International History and Politics at The Sage Colleges recently spoke to a multinational group of university-level scholars and educators during the U.S Foreign Policy Summer Institute at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. 

Leibo presented to the group on July 1, 2014. His talks were entitled “The U.S., Climate Change and the Failure of Global Leadership” and “The United States-Chinese Relationship in the 21st Century.”

“The challenge of course is explaining to such a distinguished group of international foreign policy experts why the United States has not lived up to is usual tradition of global leadership in this the greatest challenge to modern society; the Climate Crisis,” said Leibo.

The U.S Foreign Policy Summer Institute began on June 21, 2014 and will conclude August 3. Eighteen participants representing Bangladesh, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Montenegro, New Zealand, Pakistan, Romania, and Russia were selected to take part in this year’s institute. It is funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is designed to foster a better understanding in academic institutions overseas of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, implemented, and taught.

This year’s program features an academic residency at Bard's campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, a week in Manhattan at Bard Globalization and International Affairs and integrated educational study tours to Hyde Park, Albany, Philadelphia, and 10 days in Washington, D.C. The Study of the U.S. Institute is conducted in collaboration with a diverse set of partners, including the American Enterprise Institute, the Roosevelt Institute, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Professor Leibo has spent his career teaching at The Sage Colleges and the State University of New York at Albany. He is a former Fulbright scholar, who specializes in the relationship between Asia and the West with a focus on technology ranging from early Chinese Industrialization to Climate Change issues.  Since 1997 Leibo has served as an international affairs commentator for WAMC Northeast Public Radio.  He is currently a Climate “Mentor” for Al Gore’s Climate Reality project and in November of 2012, Dr. Leibo appeared as a guest on Mr. Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality: The Dirty Weather Report global webcast which attracted over 16 million viewers.  He also the international adviser for Brill Publication’s series Chinese research on climate change. He was recently elected to membership on the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Leibo is also the author, editor and adviser of many academic and popular works.

Professor Leibo is available to speak about his participation in the U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Institute. To schedule an interview contact: Deanna Cohen, director of external relations, The Sage Colleges (518) 244-4593 (O), (518) 598-4927 (C), email:


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