May 24, 2017 Lunch:

Graham Allison

Director, Belfer Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University           

Destined for War: Can America and China Avoid Thucydides’s Trap? 

Graham Allison first joined Harvard’s faculty in 1968.  He was founding dean of the Kennedy School from 1977 to 1989, and is now director of its Belfer Center.  Allison served as special advisor to the Secretary of Defense during the Reagan administration and as Assistant Secretary of Defense during the first Clinton administration.  In this position, he negotiated the elimination of 4000 Soviet-era strategic nuclear warheads from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus, and the transfer of 12,000 tactical nuclear weapons to Russia.  Allison was also a founding member of the Trilateral Commission and currently sits on advisory boards for the Secretaries of State and Defense and for the director of the CIA.  His first book, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis, has sold almost half a million copies.  His latest book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? will be published at the end of May.


June 14, 2017 Lunch:

Augustus Richard Norton

Professor of International Relation and Anthropology, Boston University

The Sunni-Shi’i Divide and its Benefactors 

Augustus Richard Norton is professor of international relations and anthropology at Boston University and visiting professor of Middle East politics at Oxford.  Norton also served in the US Army, including two combat tours in Vietnam as an airborne infantry officer, a stint as an unarmed observer with the United Nations in southern Lebanon, and a dozen years teaching political science and anthropology at West Point.  He retired from the Army as a colonel in 1993.  Norton has written or edited numerous journal articles and several books, including Hezbollah: A Short History; The International Relations of the PLO; and Amal and the Shi’i: Struggle for the Soul of Lebanon.     


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