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At the UN, Colin Powell holds a model vial of anthrax, while arguing that Iraq is likely to possess WMDs, 5 February 2003.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Secret Foundations of Liberal Order

Thu., Mar. 3, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Michael Poznansky, Associate Professor, U.S. Naval War College

How has the liberal international order shaped American foreign policy? Proponents argue its impact has been profound. Critics charge that it has failed to prevent the United States from violating rules and norms. The answer lies in between. While rule violations have been a constant feature of the postwar order, the nature of violations have varied in unappreciated ways. America's approach toward the liberal order, including whether leaders feel the need to conceal rule violations at all, is a function of two factors: (1) the burden of complying with the liberal order’s core tents and (2) the intensity of great power competition. Together, these factors help explain broad patterns of U.S. behavior over time.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpd--uqD4iHdB-PvxChRUwx_-R6Sj2Z3nL

Coup d'Etat of September 11, 1973. Bombing of <em>La Moneda</em> (The Chilean presidential palace).

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Intervention and Secrecy in International Politics

Thu., Oct. 1, 2015 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Why do leaders rely on covert action to overthrow or prop up foreign regimes in some cases but not in others? This seminar proposes a theory that explains how leaders' attitudes toward risk determine whether they will undertake regime change or rescue in public or in secret. Evidence is drawn from four prominent cases of U.S. intervention during the Cold War.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.