Less than a year after her women-can’t-have-it-all article made Anne-Marie Slaughter a household name, the foreign policy expert who had left the State Department to return to her family and an academic job at Princeton has accepted a new post.
Last week, the Washington-based New America Foundation named Slaughter its next president.
Slaughter, 54, was at Dartmouth College, giving a speech on work and family, when her appointment was announced. She traveled to Washington later in the week to address the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law, of which she is a former president. And over the weekend she was in Boston, where she was the toastmaster at the Harvard Law Review banquet. She spoke to Style’s Frances Stead Sellers while en route back to Princeton for Sunday dinner with her husband and two sons.
An edited transcript of their conversation follows.
The New America Foundation was founded in 1999 with an ambition to invest in “new thinkers and new ideas” and tackle the next generation of challenges facing the United States. Which new ideas will you be focusing on?