The Transformation of America’s Foreign Policy Establishment: Historical Lessons and Contemporary Challenges

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Ostrander Auditorium

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In Packer’s presentation, “The Transformation of American Foreign Policy Establishment: Historical Lessons and Contemporary Challenges,” he will address the legacy of the Cold War generation of diplomats and politicians who shaped United States’ relations with the world and impacted our foreign policy until the early twenty-first century. Drawing on his book “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century,” he will outline major transformations of our foreign relations today as we face a dramatic shift in attitudes from international engagement to increasing nationalism and isolationism. His perspective is based on the analysis of key personalities and their decisive influence on decision-making under successive U.S. administrations.

About George Packer

George Packer is a renowned journalist and National Book Award-winning author specializing in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Packer’s New York Times bestselling books, “The Unwinding,” and “Our Man,” and his is latest book, “Last Best Hope-America in Crisis and Renewal, 2021,”offer sweeping analyses of America through the lens of political figures and landmark historical moments. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by:
Department of Government | Kessel Memorial Lecture Series Endowment  | College of Humanities & Social Sciences  | Department of Communication Studies | Department of Geography | Department of History  | Department of Sociology | Department of World Languages | Library & Learning  | Nadine B. Andreas Endowment Program


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