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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... 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... 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... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
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