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Tony Blair at the Library of Congress

Last week the Kluge Center hosted the Right Honourable Tony Blair to deliver the Seventh Kissinger Lecture at the Library of Congress. The former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland addressed the challenges posed by Islamic extremism and strategies to defeat the threat. He was then joined by the Honorable Martin S. Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, for an on-stage conversation. Mr. Blair joins Felipe Calderón, James A. Baker III, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, George Shultz and Henry Kissinger as the only distinguished statesmen to deliver this prestigious lecture. The full text of Mr. Blair’s address may be found here.

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair signs the librarian's historic guest book along with acting-Librarian of Congress David Mao (left) and Chief of Staff Robert Newlen, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair signs the Librarian’s historic guest book along with Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao (left) and Chief of Staff Robert Newlen, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao and Chief of Staff Robert Newlen welcome Tony Blair to the Library of Congress, December 3, 2015.

Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao (right) and Chief of Staff Robert Newlen welcome Tony Blair to the Library of Congress, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Jason Steinhauer of the Kluge Center prepares moderator Martin S. Indyk and former Prime MInister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair for the Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Jason Steinhauer of the Kluge Center speaks with the Honorable Martin S. Indyk and Right Honourable Tony Blair prior to the Kissinger Lecture in The Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Moderator Martin S. Indyk and former Prime MInister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair meet in the Ceremonial Office prior to the Kissinger Lecture Series event in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Martin S. Indyk and Tony Blair meet in the Librarian’s Ceremonial Office prior to the Kissinger Lecture, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Acting-Librarian of Congress David S. Mao introduces former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair in the Great Hall for a discussion on defeating Islamist extremism, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao introduces Tony Blair in The Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair delivers an address on defeating Islamist extremism as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Tony Blair delivers the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture in The Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair delivers an address on defeating Islamist extremism as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Tony Blair delivers the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture in The Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair delivers an address on defeating Islamist extremism as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Tony Blair delivers the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture in The Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Brookings Institution Executive Vice President Martin S. Indyk moderates a discussion with former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair as part of the John W. Kluge Center's Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Martin S. Indyk moderates a discussion with former Tony Blair as part of the Kissinger Lecture in The Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair speaks during a moderated discussion with Martin S. Indyk on defeating Islamist extremism as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Tony Blair speaks during a moderated discussion with Martin S. Indyk on defeating Islamist extremism as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Brookings Institution Executive Vice President Martin S. Indyk moderates a discussion with former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair as part of the John W. Kluge Center's Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Martin S. Indyk moderates a discussion with Tony Blair as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Brookings Institution Executive Vice President Martin S. Indyk moderates a discussion with former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair as part of the John W. Kluge Center's Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Martin S. Indyk moderates a discussion with Tony Blair as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair speaks during a moderated discussion with Martin S. Indyk on defeating Islamist extremism as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Tony Blair speaks during a moderated discussion with Martin S. Indyk on defeating Islamist extremism as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Brookings Institution Executive Vice President Martin S. Indyk moderates a discussion with former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair as part of the John W. Kluge Center's Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Martin S. Indyk moderates a discussion with Tony Blair as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair speaks during a moderated discussion with Martin S. Indyk on defeating Islamist extremism as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture Series in the Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Tony Blair speaks during a moderated discussion with Martin S. Indyk on defeating Islamist extremism as part of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Lecture in The Great Hall, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Acting-Librarian of Congress David S. Mao (center) poses for a photo with Brookings Institution Executive Vice President Martin S. Indyk (left) and former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair in the Great Hall following a moderated discussion between Indyk and Blair on defeating Islamist extremism, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao (center) poses with Martin S. Indyk and Tony Blair following the conclusion of the Seventh Kissinger Lecture, December 3, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

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    December 20, 2015 at 7:06 am

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