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Kelman Seminar Series: Virtual Book Talk with Joe Nye

September 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents a virtual book talk with Joseph Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

In his book: Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump, Joseph Nye, Jr., one of the world’s leading scholars of international relations, provides a concise yet penetrating analysis of the role of ethics in US foreign policy during the post-1945 era. Working through each presidency from Truman to Trump, Nye scores their foreign policy on three ethical dimensions: their intentions, the means they used, and the consequences of their decisions. Alongside this, he evaluates their leadership qualities, elaborating on which approaches work and which ones do not. Since we so often apply moral reasoning to foreign policy, Nye suggests how to do it better.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series:
The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme of the Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict, and the News Media”.

This event will be held via Zoom. Registration is required:


September 16, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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