Ernesto Zedillo, director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, (YSCG) was among those in attendance at the Munich Security Conference 2017 (MSC), the world’s pre-eminent foreign policy and security gathering, held Feb. 17-19.
Zedillo participated in a panel discussion on the Iran nuclear deal. Nuclear non-proliferation is one of the Yale center’s core issues. YCSG has organized numerous events on that theme on the Yale campus over the years.
The MSC 2017 attracted diplomats, generals, policy experts and security officials from around the world. Among the participants were James Mattis, U.S. secretary of defense; Michael Pence, vice president of the United States; Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor; Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations; Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s minister of foreign affairs; Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s minister of foreign affairs; and Wang Yi, China’s minister of foreign affairs.
In addition to participating in the panel discussion, Zedillo had numerous bilateral meetings on topics such as climate security and migration. He attended the conference with a small delegation of The Elders, an independent group of 13 global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela who use their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide.
Zedillo, president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000, is the Frederick Iseman ’74 Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; professor in the field of international economics and politics; professor of international and area studies; and professor (adjunct) of forestry and environmental studies.