On June 24, Brookings hosted a speech by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on international governance and American law. Brookings President Strobe Talbott introduced Justice Breyer and moderated a question and answer session.
The event celebrated the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies at Brookings, which is named in honor of longtime Brookings trustee Ezra K. Zilkha. Mr. Zilkha is the president of the New York-based private investment company Zilkha & Sons and has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards.
The inaugural Chair holder, senior fellow William A. Galston, is an internationally known scholar who has contributed to numerous Brookings projects. With this Chair, Galston will tackle some of the hardest questions in the area of political and institutional reform, including steps to reduce polarization, improve the federal budget process, and facilitate the development of a twenty-first century social contract.