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Among the speakers who delivered public presentations which were supported by The Henry Luce Foundation were C. Christine Fair, Walter Russell Mead, and Mark Lilla.
C. Christine Fair, currently Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation, spoke on "Pakistani Attitudes Towards Militancy in and Beyond Pakistan".
Much of her research concerns security competition between India and Pakistan, analyses of the causes of terrorism, and U.S. strategic relations with India and Pakistan. She has conducted an examination of political Islam and its recent developments in Pakistan and Iran; and a comparative study of urban terrorism and state responses in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and India. Fair has extensive experience in the areas of military manpower as well as issues pertaining to women and children. She is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and Persian.
Walter Russell Mead is the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations and the Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University. In his presentation, “After Fukuyama and Huntington: Prospects for American Power” he discussed the intersection of religion and American power – how it colors the way America engages with the world and the role it will play in the future of American grand strategy. Mr. Mead is an award-winning author of Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (2002). God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World, was published in October 2007.
Mark Lilla, Professor of Humanities at Columbia University, specializes in intellectual history, with a particular focus on Western political and religious thought. Before moving to Columbia in 2007 he taught in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and at New York University. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, he is the author of The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West (2007), The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics (2001),and G.B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern (1993). He has also edited The Legacy of Isaiah Berlin (2001) with Ronald Dworkin and Robert Silvers, and The Public Face of Architecture (1987) with Nathan Glazer. In spring 2009 he delivered the first Macmillan Lectures in Religion and Politics at Yale University: “Conversion: The Power of a Metaphor.”
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