The Crisis of World Order: A British Perspective

King's College London Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017   |   12:30-2:00 PM   |  Jamail Room (MAI 212)

The Clements Center hosted King's College London Professor John Bew for a talk on "The Crisis of World Order: A British Perspective." This talk was co-sponsored by the British Studies Department.

Dr. Bew is a Professor in History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King’s College London, where he is leading a major new project called the Grand Strategy Programme. The core aim of the Grand Strategy Programme is knowledge transfer: to bring more historical and strategic expertise to statecraft, diplomacy and foreign policy. It will also investigate the origins and future of the idea of World Order, with the support of a grant from the Leverhulme Foundation.

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In 2015, Dr. Bew was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Politics and International Studies, which ‘recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising’. In 2013-14, he was the youngest ever holder of the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy at the John W. Kluge Center at the US Library of Congress. In 2014-15, he held a Leverhulme Foundation Scholarship in order to complete his history of the concept of realpolitik. Dr. Bew was formerly co-Director of International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, having arrived at King’s in 2010.

Dr. Bew is the author of five books and numerous academic articles, which are bound together by an interest in history and contemporary statecraft. His fifth book, Citizen Clem: A Life of Attlee (Riverrun and Oxford University Press), was published in September 2016 and has been described as ‘easily the best single-volume, cradle-to-grave life of Clement Attlee yet written’. His fourth book Realpolitik: A History, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016, and was widely reviewed widely in the international media including the Financial Times, Prospect, New Statesman, National Interest and Wall Street Journal, as well as the top peer-reviewed journals in the field.



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