Speaker Series: An evening with Ian Shapiro

  • 10 Mar 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5EW


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An evening with
Ian Shapiro
Sterling Professor of Political Science and Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies


Tuesday, 10 March 2015
18:00 to 20:00

The Reform Club 
104 Pall Mall



Junior YCL Members: £5
Senior YCL Members: £10


About the Speaker:

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He has written widely and influentially on democracy, justice, and the methods of social inquiry. A native of South Africa, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004. Shapiro is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Keio University in Tokyo, and Nuffield College, Oxford. His most recent books are The Real World of Democratic Theory; Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy against Global Terror; The Flight From Reality in the Human Sciences; and Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight Over Taxing Inherited Wealth (with Michael Graetz). His current research concerns the relations between democracy and the distribution of income and wealth.


About the Talk:

Ian Shapiro will review western, and especially U.S., responses to developments in the Middle East since 2010. He will argue that important lessons from a disastrous decade in Afghanistan and Iraq have not been learned. As a result, the Obama Administration has misinterpreted recent developments in Libya and Syria, intervening in haphazard and ineffective ways that have made things worse — not only in those countries but across the region. A better approach will be outlined, one that can supports genuinely democratic insurgencies where they exist and promises a more focussed and effective response to the threat posed by ISIS and other militant fundamentalists.


Important information:

Registration: Upon arriving at the Reform Club, please give your name at the porter's desk at the front door and tell them you are there for Professor Ian Shapiro's talk.

Dress code: Ladies: smart casual; Gentlemen: jacket and tie; no trainers, jeans or denim of any kind.

Venue provided through the kind generosity of Paolo Zannoni.
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