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Fifty Years without JFK: Rethinking Global Diplomacy

March 13, 2013, Senate Room, Senate House, University of London
Speakers: Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor Matthew Jones, Dr. Andrew Preston

LSE IDEAS and the School of Advanced Study's Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) jointly hosted an international conference to commemorate the political life of President John F. Kennedy, fifty years after his assassination in 1963. Although Kennedy’s tenure as President of the United States (1961-63) was cut short, his impact on the world has been significant.

This conference brought together academics and graduate students from around the world to critically examine contemporary conceptions of Kennedy’s foreign policies. It also explored what current and historical perspectives on his foreign policy reveal about the legacy of the Kennedy administration’s engagement with the world.


Invited Speakers:


Sir Lawrence Freedman has been Professor of War Studies at King’s College London since 1982, and is the author of Kennedy’s Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam. He was appointed in June 2009 to serve as a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War.


Matthew Jones is Professor of Modern History at the University of Nottingham and is the author of After Hiroshima: The United States, Race, and Nuclear Weapons in Asia, 1945-1965.


Andrew Preston is Senior Lecturer in American History at Cambridge and is the author of The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam.