The Trainor Award is presented annually to an outstanding American or foreigner for distinction in the conduct of diplomacy. The award is named for the late Raymond “Jit” Trainor, the much admired former registrar of the Walsh School of Foreign Service. The Trainor Trust Fund in his honor is overseen by Frank J. Hogan (chairman), Reginald Bourdon, Allison L. Hiltz, Robert E. McHugh, and George R. (Rip) Rowan.
2017 Trainor Award to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: The Impossible Diplomacy of Human Rights
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a global diplomat and a recognized leader in efforts to protect the most vulnerable and hold accountable the most powerful – and a driving force behind the establishment of the International Criminal Court – received the 2017 Raymond “Jit” Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy at a February 16, 2017 event hosted by Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and co-sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace.
2016 Trainor Award to DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz: Weapons, Windmills, Quarks and Quagmires
Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy, received the 2016 Trainor Award for Distinction in the Conduct of Diplomacy for his role and his team’s role in the P5+1 negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program and the Paris climate talks. The first scientist to receive the prestigious award, Dr. Moniz addressed a large audience of students and faculty at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service on April 11, 2016, reflecting not only on the Iranian and Paris talks but the Department of Energy’s broad role bringing science to diplomacy on “weapons, windmills, quarks and quagmires.”
U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Present Course, Future Direction
Under Secretary Wendy Sherman
On September 17, 2014, the Institute presented Ambassador Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, with this year's award, the thirty-first in the series.
Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs on September 21, 2011, a position she will retain during the interim period. Prior to this position, Under Secretary Sherman served as Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and a member of the Investment Committee of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.
Ambassador Sherman served as Counselor for the State Department from 1997 to 2001, as well as Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea. From 1993 to 1996, under Secretary of State Warren Christopher, she was Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs.
Download Previous Trainor Lectures
2017 - The Impossible Diplomacy of Human Rights
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
2016 - Weapons, Windmills, Quarks and Quagmires
Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy
2011- Protecting Populations at Risk in Divided Nations: Whose Responsibility Is It?
Dr. Francis M. Deng, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
2009 - Civil Society and Public Interest Diplomacy
The Honorable Louise Arbour, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group
1996 - The Diplomatic Lessons Learned from the Renewal of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Ambassadors Jayantha Dhanapala and Thomas Graham, Jr.
Previous Winners of the Trainor Award
2017 - Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
2016 - Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy
2014 - Ambassador Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State
2012 - Ernesto Zedillo, Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Globalization, Yale University
2011 – Francis M. Deng, UN Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
2009 – Louise Arbour, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group
2007 – R. Nicholas Burns, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, US Department of State
2006 – Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Association
2005 – John D. Negroponte, US Director of National Intelligence
2004 – John C. Danforth, US Ambassador to the United Nations
2003 – James D. Wolfensohn on behalf of The World Bank Group, President of the World Bank
2002 – Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan
2001 – Wesley K. Clark, Special Advisor to the Preventive Defense Project, Harvard University
2000 – Dennis B. Ross, US Ambassador and Special Middle East Coordinator
1999 – Michel Camdessus, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
1998 – Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General
1997 – Amr Moussa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Egypt
1996 – Walter F. Mondale, US Ambassador to Japan
1995 – Thomas Graham, Jr. and Jayantha Cudah Bandara Dhanapala, Special Representative for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament; Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US
1992 – Thomas R. Pickering, US Ambassador to the United Nations
1991 – Rinaldo Petrignani, Italian Ambassador to the US
1990 – David D. Newsom, Author and Columnist for the Christian Science Monitor
1989 – Anatoly Fedorovich Dobrynin, Advisor to the Soviet Presidency
1988 – Max M. Kampelman and Mike Mansfield, Counselor to the US Department of State; United States Ambassador to Japan
1987 – Tommy T. B. Koh, President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea
1986 – Arthur A. Hartman, US Ambassador to the Soviet Union
1984 – Lord Carrington, Sixth Secretary-General of NATO
1983 – Deane Hinton, US Ambassador to Pakistan
1982 – Antonio Carrillo Flores, Mexican Ambassador to the US and the Soviet Union
1981 – William Bowdler, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs
1980 – Phillip C. Habib and U. Alexis Johnson, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs; US Delegate to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
1979 – David K. E. Bruce (Posthumously) and Berndt von Staden, US Ambassador and Diplomat; West German Ambassador to the US
1978 – Ellsworth Bunker, Advisor to President Carter on the Torrijos-Carter Treaties