Great Decisions Series: The Waning of Pax Americana?

Speaker: Christopher McKnight Nichols, Director, OSU Center for the Humanities, Associate Professor, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Oregon State University

During the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. began a historic shift away from Pax Americana, the liberal international order that was established in the wake of World War II. Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism is the order of the day. Geopolitical allies and challengers alike are paying close attention.

Friday, January 26 at noon
Portland State University, Academic and Student Rec Center, Room 001, 1800 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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The Future of Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Eliminated?

Speaker: Ambassador Tom Graham

At a time when North Korea and the United States confront one another, and their leaders threaten the use of their “nuclear buttons,” is there a way to end the nuclear threat?  Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., a former senior US diplomat and Acting Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, presents his plan for the elimination of nuclear weapons in his new book, The Alternate Route: Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones.

Monday, January 29, 3 pm
Oregon State University, Memorial Union, Journey room 104
Lightly catered. Free and open to all

Co-sponsored by the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, the School of Public Policy, the Center for the Humanities and the Citizenship and Crisis Initiative and the School of History, Philosophy & Religion





America First?: Isolationism and Global Engagement in Historical Perspective

Speaker: Christopher McKnight Nichols
February 6, 2018, 6:30 pm
Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
University of Oregon 175 Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St.
A Signature Talk in the Democracy under Pressure, Wayne Morse Center 2017-18 Public Affairs Speaker Series.

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