On October 17, 2007, George Shultz and Bernard Lewis were honored with The Washington Institute's inaugural Scholar-Statesman Awards at a ceremony in New York. Following introductions by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich and the bestowing of the awards, Institute executive director Robert Satloff led a wide-ranging conversation with the honorees.
George Shultz is a distinguished fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. A 1989 recipient of the Medal of Freedom, he served as secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan, as secretary of labor and secretary of the treasury under President Richard Nixon, and as a senior staff economist in the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower. Following service as in the Marine Corps during World War II, he taught economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bernard Lewis is a professor emeritus at Princeton University, where he held the Cleveland E. Dodge chair of Near Eastern studies from 1974 until his retirement in 1986. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2006. Recognized as the world's foremost interpreter of Islam and Muslim civilizations in the world today, he is the author of numerous scholarly and popular books on Middle Eastern politics, history, and culture, including the recent titles, The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years, What Went Wrong: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response, The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror, and, most recently, From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East. He served in the British army during World War II.
Additional Video from the 2007 Scholar-Statesman Award Dinner