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person to discuss the current geopolitical situation. Former director of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Graham Allison poses the question: is war between America and China inevitable? In Destined for War: Can American and China Escape Thucydide’s Trap? Allison argues that it will take some doing to avoid a centuries-old pattern in which an established power is challenged by a rising power, and war ensues. Meghan O’Sullivan, professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project, analyzes how energy markets shape politics and predicts that a new age of energy abundance will have an enormous impact on strategic alliances and power in her new book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power. Nicholas Burns, whose lengthy resume includes his current position as professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and founder and director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, as well as his previous career in the Foreign Service as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and US Ambassador to NATO, will moderate an exciting and important conversation on the state of the world.

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Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a twenty-seven-year veteran of the of foreign service for the United States government. From 2014 to 2017, he served on the Foreign Affairs Policy Board for the Department of State under Secretary of State John Kerry; from 2005 to 2008, he served as under secretary of state for political affairs and was a leader in negotiations for the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement. At the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Burns founded and serves as faculty director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and is also the faculty chair for the programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. Burns also serves on the board of several companies and nonprofits. Burns has been given many accolades for his service and accomplishments, including the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of... Read More →

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Graham Allison

Graham Allison has had a significant impact, both in higher education and in Washington, on the way that we look at and handle foreign affairs in the United States. He is considered one of the top US analysts in defense policy and national security. Allison served as a special advisor to the secretary of defense under the Reagan administration, and later as assistant secretary of defense during the first Clinton administration. He was awarded the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service twice, the only person to have received such a distinction. His career in academia has been no less successful. During his tenure as dean of the Kennedy School at Harvard University, from 1977 to 1989, he developed the curriculum into the robust program that it is today. He is currently the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the author of a number of books, among them Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe (2004) and Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand... Read More →
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Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Meghan L. O’Sullivan is an expert in national security, geopolitics of energy, and foreign policy. During the Bush administration, she held a number of advisory and leadership positions maintaining national security, from special assistant to President Bush to deputy national security advisor to Afghanistan and to Iraq. She later served the National Security Council in Southwest Asia. She is an advisor to the National Intelligence Council and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She currently serves as the Evron and Jeane Kirkpatrick professor of the practice of international affairs and the director of the geopolitics of energy project at Harvard Kennedy School. She is the author of Shrewd Sanctions: Statecraft and State Sponsors of Terrorism (2003). Her latest book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power, makes the case for America to invest in new... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA