foreign policy

“A Mongrel-American Social Science: International Relations” – 2/26

Dr. Robert Vitalis, Political Science Dept., University of PennsylvaniaPlease join us for the Spring 2016 Foreign Policy Seminar, featuring

Robert Vitalis

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

 

About Professor Vitalis:

Vitalis received his Ph.D. in political science from MIT in 1989. His graduate work included a three-year residence in Cairo where he studied Arabic and researched the political strategies of Egyptian business firms. His first book, When Capitalists Collide: Business Conflict and the End of Empire in Egypt, was published in 1995.  The Organization of American Historians awarded him the Bernath Prize in 1996 for his work on Egypt’s political economy.

He has continued to develop and expand the scope of his interests in historical comparative analysis in his second book, America’s Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier, which was published in October 2006 by Stanford University Press, and named a book of the year in the London Guardian.

Recent honors include fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center (2009), the Rockefeller Foundation (2003), the International Center for Advanced Study, NYU (2002), and the American Council of Learned Societies (2002). He was a MacArthur Award nominee in 1998.

His new book project, White World Order, Black Power Politics: the Birth of American International Relations (Cornell University Press, 2015), moves away from the Middle East to explore the unwritten history of disciplinary international relations and to recover the African-American internationalist tradition.

11/13 – Arnold Offner, Guest Speaker for 30th Anniversary of the Foreign Policy Seminar series

Professor Arnold Offner, Lafayette CollegePlease join us for the 30th anniversary of the first Foreign Policy Seminar series!

Guest speaker: Arnold Offner (Lafayette College, Cornelia F. Hugel Professor of History, Emeritus) Professor Offner was the speaker at the first Foreign Policy Seminar series.

“The Great Betrayal: Humphrey, Johnson, and the 1968 Election”

Reception at 4:30pm, lecture at 5pm. A buffet dinner follows: $12 for students, $20 for all others. To sign up for dinner, please contact Professor Frank Costigliola (frank.costigliola@uconn.edu).

The event will be held in the Wood Hall Basement Lounge.

Professor Offner’s areas of expertise include the history of U.S. foreign policy, 20th century international relations, and American political history.

Professor Offner is the author of Another Such Victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953, published in 2002; The Origins of the Second World War: American Foreign Policy and World Politics, 1917-1941, published in 1975; and American Appeasement: United States Foreign Policy and Germany, 1933-1938, which was published in 1969 and received the Phi Alpha Theta National Book Award.

Professor Offner is also the co-editor, with Theodore A. Wilson, of Victory in Europe 1945: From World War to Cold War, published in 2000. The past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, he served on the editorial board of the society’s journal, Diplomatic History.

 

9/25 – Ryan Irwin, Guest Speaker for Foreign Policy Seminar Fall series

Professor Ryan Irwin, Indiana UniversityPlease join us for the first Foreign Policy Seminar of Fall 2015!

Guest speaker: Ryan Irwin (SUNY-Albany)

“Creating a Liberal World: Rethinking the Cold War’s Origins”

Reception at 4:30, lecture at 5pm. A buffet follows: $12 for students, $20 for all others. To sign up for dinner, please contact Professor Frank Costigliola (frank.costigliola@uconn.edu).

The event will be held in the Wood Hall Basement Lounge.

About Dr. Irwin: “My scholarship explores the historical relationship between globalization and decolonization. Although I write specifically about the changing mechanics and shifting perceptions of American global power, my interests cover comparative imperialism, international institutions, nonstate activism, and technological development.

My first book, Gordian Knot: Apartheid and the Unmaking of the Liberal World Order, investigated the way small, non-European nation-states altered the international system at the height of the Cold War.  I’m working now on an intellectual history of the mid-1970s, as well as a political history about the growth and transformation of the nation-state during the mid-twentieth century.”