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09 Mar 23

As tensions among China, Russia, and the United States escalate perilously toward a new Cold War, Michael Doyle discusses the difficult compromises over Ukraine and Taiwan needed to facilitate the international cooperation necessary to avert the global threats of our time. Combining history with analysis and theory, Doyle explores the roots of global conflict in both great power rivalry and the incompatible, clashing domestic orders of liberal capitalist democracy and nationalist corporatist autocracy. He notes the impacts of cyberwarfare, foreign election-meddling, and the unprecedented schism of contemporary U.S. politics on American foreign policy. There can be no success in addressing climate change without China’s cooperation, Doyle contends, nor any hope of averting nuclear catastrophe without Russia’s. This talk draws from Doyle’s book Cold Peace: Avoiding the New Cold War (Norton, April 2023).

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