Founded in 1978, Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy brings together diplomats, practitioners, scholars, and students to explore global challenges and the evolving demands of diplomatic statecraft. The Institute hosts several programs throughout the academic year, including the Weintal, Trainor, and Iden Lectures.

The Weintal Prize is presented to one or more journalists for distinguished reporting on foreign policy and diplomacy. Endowed by the late Edward Weintal, a Polish diplomat and diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek Magazine, the award is open to journalists in both print and broadcast media. The Trainor Award is presented annually to an outstanding American or foreigner for distinction in the conduct of diplomacy. The award is named for the late Raymond “Jit” Trainor, the much admired former registrar of the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Begun in 1976, the Iden Lectures on American foreign policy and international diplomacy commemorate the late Mr. and Mrs. Iden who provided the endowment for this series. Oscar Iden was a Walsh School of Foreign Service graduate, class of 1924.

This collection includes selected recordings of these lectures from the 1970s through the 2000s. More information about the lectures, including video recordings of recent events, can be found on the Institute's website.

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