Foreign Policy Priorities for the Next Four Years: A Dialogue with Amitai Etzioni, Author of Hot Spots
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies & the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW; Room 602
Washington, DC 20052
In Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in a Post-Human-Rights World, Amitai Etzioni argues that pivoting towards the Far East is premature and flawed in principle. China can and should be treated for the near future as a potential partner in a changing global order, rather than contained and made into an enemy. At the same time, he argues, the true hot spots continue to be in the Middle East, albeit not in Iraq or Afghanistan, but in Iran and Pakistan. Less urgent but of great importance are the ways the West deals with a complex and varied Muslim world, with political Islamic parties and social movements, and with future waves of Arab awaking. Here the distinction between security and nation building becomes essential for both normative and strategic reasons.
Etzioni expects that we will see few armed humanitarian interventions of the kind we witnessed in 2011 in Libya. To this end, he examines policies that threaten and favor the promotion of human rights. This timely book is written with Etzioni's customary deep appreciation for important issues.
Amitai Etzioni is professor of International Relations at The George Washington University. Among his books are From Empire to Community, Security First, Political Unification Revisited, and The Common Good. He has served as a Senior Advisor to the White House. He has also taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, and University of California-Berkeley. He was listed as one of the top 100 American intellectuals in Richard Posner's book Public Intellectuals.
*Refreshments will be provided
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