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The Foreign Policy Dilemmas of the US Administration in the Next Four Years


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Speaker(s): Professor John Coatsworth
Chair: Professor Stuart Corbridge

Recorded on 22 January 2013 in Old Theatre, Old Building.

John Coatsworth will talk about the major foreign policy challenges facing the second Obama administration: the decline of international norms and institutions; the drift toward deeper recession in Europe, the obstacles to demilitarization of Middle Eastern policy, the pressures toward militarization of the US “pivot” to East Asia, and the lack of coherent approaches to Africa and Latin America.

John Coatsworth is provost and professor of international and public affairs and of history at Columbia University. Previously, he taught at the University of Chicago (1969-1992) and at Harvard, where he was Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs (1992-2007) and served as the founding director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (1994-2006). He also chaired the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies. Professor Coatsworth received his degree in History from Wesleyan University and his MA and Ph.D. degrees in Economic History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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