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Containment and Democratic Cosmopolitanism

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Wine reception from 5:30 to 6 pm. Everyone is welcome.

In this lecture, Prof. Shapiro defends containment as the national security policy of choice for cosmopolitan democrats. Containment here refers to George Kennan’s argument developed in the 1940s, as modified in Prof. Shapiro’s book Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy against Global Terror. Prof. Shapiro takes cosmopolitan democrats to be people who are committed to the view that democracy is the best system of government and who favor its preservation and diffusion around the world. Prof. Shapiro develops his argument from an American perspective, but it could equally be developed from that of any other democracy.

This talk is part of the Gates Distinguished Lecture Series series.

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