“There’s no reason why we can’t still have a successful foreign policy,” said Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, to over 250 audience members gathered at University of Washington’s Kane Hall on Dec. 4 for his talk on “Can the U.S. Still Have a Successful Foreign Policy?”
The event, the first of three U.S. in the World Speaker Series in 2019-2020, was hosted by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. Co-sponsors at the UW included the African Studies Program; Center for Global Studies; Center for West European Studies; East Asia Center; Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies; and, Southeast Asia Center.
Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba opened the evening public lecture by welcoming the audience, thanking the co-sponsors and emphasizing that the role of the U.S. in the world is part of the international studies program at the Jackson School.
Daniel Bessner, Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Associate Professor of American Foreign Policy, in introducing Walt’s scholarship and role in some of the most influential publications on international relations, also highlighted how the Jackson School’s U.S. in the World lecture program, which started in 2014, has brought major foreign policy public intellectuals to Seattle and the UW over the years, and the continuation of this tradition with Walt. He noted Walt’s “groundbreaking and pathbreaking books,” including his most recent book The Hell of Good Intentions, for which Walt would be drawing upon for the evening lecture.
Read more about the talk on the Henry M. Jackson Foundation blog post about the event.