Richard Lugar

Richard Lugar

November 4, 2014
An Unsolved Business: The Legacy of the Great War

Professor of Practice
Indiana University School of Global and International Studies

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Denison University (1954); Second Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, Rhodes Scholar at Pembroke College in Oxford, England (1956).

The Honorable Richard Lugar is a fifth-generation Indiana resident who served 36 years in the U.S. Senate, retiring in 2013 as the longest-serving member of Congress in Indiana history and the 17th longest-serving senator in U.S. history. In the Senate, he exercised leadership on issues including nuclear nonproliferation, global food security, energy independence, foreign assistance reform, NATO expansion, preservation of the federal school lunch program, and immigration reform. Lugar played an instrumental role in enacting U.S. sanctions on the apartheid government of South Africa, and was a key figure in establishing U.S. opposition to the Marcos regime's attempt to steal the 1986 election in the Philippines. He led numerous efforts to ratify arms control treaties.

In 1991, Lugar and Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), forged a bipartisan partnership to create a program devoted to securing and destroying weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. The effort grew into a cornerstone of U.S. nonproliferation efforts worldwide and earned Lugar and Nunn multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominations. In January 2013, Lugar joined the faculty of the IU School of Global and International Studies and announced that he was donating his senatorial papers to the IU Modern Political Papers collection, located at the Herman B Wells Library on the IU Bloomington campus. He also co-chairs the IU International Advisory Committee with the Honorable Lee Hamilton, whose congressional papers are also housed in the Modern Political Papers collection.