In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides’s Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past — and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today.
Please note location change: event now being held in WAPPP Cason Conference Room, Taubman Building, Room 102 (15 Eliot Street, Cambridge).
A seminar with Martha Myers, MENA Operations Director, ARK Group.
Everyone, including Bashar Al-Assad, ISIS, the opposition, and Jihadists, has a narrative about what has happened and what is happening in Syria. Everyone villainizes the other. Everyone represents themselves as the source of salvation, earthly or otherwise. Everyone seeks to dehumanize and demoralize the other. So whose narrative is correct? Why is narrative important? How are narratives being used in this conflict? Can we support some kind of decent outcome by contributing to the cacophony?
Co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) Middle East Forum.
Martha Myers has over 30 years of experience in Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, and the Sultanate of Oman. Her professional experience includes having worked for non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, and donor agencies. She has conceptualized, designed, and managed a full spectrum of response including humanitarian/emergency, resilience, and development. Areas of particular interest include civil society development, capacity building of people and organizations, gender, and advocacy.