Peter G. Peterson is the chairman and co-founder of The Blackstone Group and founding president of The Concord Coalition, a bipartisan citizen's group dedicated to building a constituency of fiscal responsibility. Peterson was Assistant to President Nixon for International Economic Affairs and was named Secretary of Commerce by Nixon in 1972. Peterson is the author of several books, including 'Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do about It' (2004).
A cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues began in 1988 as part of a mission to promote better understanding of world events and issues by Nebraskans. The Forum seeks out forceful speakers who are committed to the issues they address, seeking balance over the range of its programs rather than in each presentation. The Forum does not endorse the views of the individual speakers nor limit their freedom to express their points of view.