Dec
9
Wed
America and the World in the Biden Era @ Zoom
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – presentation followed by Q&A with the speaker

Where: Virtually! Registration required. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation. We will be using Zoom meetings.

Presenter: Peter Beinart, City University of New York

Topic: “America and the World in the Biden Era”

Professor Beinart will outline his thoughts on key foreign policy issues that await President-elect Biden, including that China will likely dominate his term as president and that he will attempt to return to the Iran deal.  In the former, there is a tension between his desire to be tougher than Obama and the need for cooperation on climate change, while the latter will likely produce a huge fight with Republicans, Israel, and the Gulf States. One area where Biden feels he can make progress is with an aid package for Central America.

Cost: Free for members (renew or join today!). $20 per presentation for guests. Please register in advance to receive Zoom login information.

About Peter Beinart:

Peter Beinart is a Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York. He is also a Contributing Opinion Writer at The New York Times, a CNN Political Commentator, Editor-at-Large of Jewish Currents, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.  

His books include The Good Fight (2006), The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris (2010), and The Crisis of Zionism (2012). Beinart has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, Newsweek, Slate, Reader’s Digest, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Polity: the Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Studies AssociationThe Week magazine named him columnist of the year for 2004. In 2005, he gave the Theodore H. White lecture at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He has recently launched “The Beinart Notebook”, a newsletter comprising a digest of his recent writing and commentary to be found at https://peterbeinart.substack.com/about

Beinart graduated from Yale University, winning a Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University.  After graduating from University College, Oxford, Beinart became The New Republic‘s managing editor in 1995.  He became senior editor in 1997, and from 1999 to 2006 served as the magazine’s Editor.

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The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.