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IDYP: Speaker - Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order

  • Oxfam NZ Level 1/14 West St, Eden Terrace Auckland 1010 New Zealand (map)


Please join for a talk with Dr. Charles Edel, senior fellow at the University of Sydney: United States Studies Center about his new book, The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order. The main message of the book is that Americans once had an appreciation for tragedy and it inspired them to do great things, such as creating and perpetuating the current rules-based order. But, partly because we've been so successful for so long and partly because the historical distance has grown from the last time we experienced tragedy on a grand scale, America--and its allies--are forgetting both what the system is meant to prevent and that sustaining it is not cost free. And we're forgetting it at the worst possible time as the U.S. and its allies attempts to preserve a relatively, free, open and stable international environment is coming under increasing strain today from authoritarian states. The book is meant to serve as a warning, a catalyst, and set of recommendations for how the U.S. (and allies) can prevent a real tragedy.

About Dr. Charles Edel

Previously, Dr. Edel was associate professor of strategy and policy at the US Naval War College, and served on the US Secretary of State's policy planning staff from 2015 to 2017. In that role, he advised Secretary of State John Kerry on political and security issues in the Asia Pacific region. Edel worked at Peking University's Center for International and Strategic Studies as a Henry Luce Scholar and was also awarded the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. He is the author of Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic. In addition to his scholarly publications, his writings have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, and various other outlets.

There is limited seating and we ask attendees to register through Eventbrite. This event is free to attend, which means IDYP will not be providing food.

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