Press Release: Peter Beinart, America and the World in the Biden Era

Media Contact: 
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council

Peter Beinart presents, “America and the World in the Biden Era”

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council virtual meeting takes place on Wednesday, November 18 via Zoom

Waterford, CT (November 23, 2020) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Peter Beinart is to speak on US foreign policy under a Biden Administration at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, via Zoom. The virtual presentation is free for members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required.

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.

Beinart’s presentation is part of the SECWAC 2020-2021 monthly Speaker Series. Register in advance at


Peter Beinart is 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

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.


SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange at least 8-10 meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings present a range of topics in international affairs, foreign policy and diplomatic history, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.  SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policymakers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations.


CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Peter Beinart on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Free for members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required in advance.

Annual membership of SECWAC is $85; $25 for young professionals under 35, and free for students and educators; corporate membership available for $1,000 (contact SECWAC for details).

NEXT MEETING: we will reconvene after the holidays in January 2021 – details of meetings will be announced in late December. We will post event updates at


Mission Statement

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.