John Lewis Gaddis to speak at August 12 Hertog Global Strategy Initiative Lecture

Posted Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative, Department of History, The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, The School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, invite you to our weekly lecture series, featuring an expert on nuclear issues in international politics:

John Lewis Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History and Political Science and Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University.

Moderated by Matthew Connelly, Dept. of History,

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EDT

Location: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) 420 West 118th Street Kellogg Center, in Room 1501 on the 15th Floor. (map)

Also: View and participate virtually in the lecture on twitter where we will be updating with your quotes in real time @liveHGSI with hashtag #HGSI.

This event is free and open to the public. Register for event here. View event on facebook here.

John Lewis Gaddis

John Lewis Gaddis is Robert A. Lovett Professor of History and Political Science and Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University, where he teaches Cold War history, grand strategy, and biography. Educated at the University of Texas in Austin, he has also taught at Ohio University, the United States Naval War College, the University of Helsinki, Princeton University, and Oxford University. His most recent books include The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past (2002), Surprise, Security, and the American Experience (2004), The Cold War: A New History (2005), and a new edition of Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy (2005). He is currently finishing a biography of George F. Kennan. Professor Gaddis has received two awards for undergraduate teaching at Yale, and was a 2005 recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

Matthew Connelly

Matthew Connelly is professor of history at Columbia University. He is Director of the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative as well as the Columbia-London School of Economics dual masters program in international and world history. His publications include, A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria’s Fight for Independence and the Origins of the Post-Cold War Era (2002), and Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population (2008). He has also published commentary on international affairs in The Atlantic Monthly, The Wilson Quarterly, and The National Interest.

About The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

The Arnold A. Saltzman Insitute of War and Peace Studies was founded in 1951 under the sponsorship of Dwight D. Eisenhower during his tenure as president of Columbia University. Eisenhower created the Institute to promote an understanding of the “disastrous consequences of war upon man’s spiritual, intellectual, and material progress.” Under its first director, William T.R. Fox, the Institute became one of the foremost research centers on international relations in the country. For Fox, Institute scholarship would “narrow the gap between a preferred future after study and what we would otherwise get.” Originally named The Institute of War and Peace Studies (IWPS), in March 2003, the Institute was renamed The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) in honor of Ambassador Arnold A. Saltzman. Today, the Institute is directed by Richard K. Betts. Says Betts, “War and peace are two sides of a coin; neither is fully understandable apart from its alternative. The Saltzman Institute is committed to building and integrating the stock of knowledge on both sides of the coin.” From the beginning, the Institute has interpreted its role broadly. Over the years, researchers have probed the political, military, historical, legal, economic, moral, psychological, and philosophical dimensions of international relations. Although the Institute does not take an official position on any public policy issues, its members contribute to this discourse by authoring books and articles, discussing current issues with officials and journalists, serving as consultants to government departments and agencies, and testifying before Congressional committees.

About the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative is a research program that employs historical analysis to confront present and future problems in world politics. Each summer, invited experts and select students gather at Columbia University for twelve weeks of intensive study, independent research, and collaborative writing on a critical issue in international affairs. The 2010 program focuses on nuclear proliferation and the future of world power.

Lectures on nuclear proliferation will take place at 6 p.m. every Thursday until August 12. The schedule is available at Lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To RSVP, please visit the Columbia University Events Calendar at or email

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