Global Currents: Untethered Foreign Affairs

Wed. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902


James Kirchick (The End of Europe) and Syaru Shirley Lin (Taiwan’s China Dilemma) unpack the issues in a changing landscape of twenty-first century foreign affairs.

Addressing slow but cumulatively dramatic changes on opposite ends of the EurAsian landmass, Kirchick and Lin address how the assumptions firmly held during the half-century of the Cold War are coming into question, foretelling potentially formidable new challenges to a U.S. foreign policy, which itself seems increasingly untethered from the assumed certainties of the past. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“A tour d’horizon of a continent drifting away from its intellectual and cultural moorings . . . these are unpleasant truths that high-minded Europeans cannot admit to one another.”—James Traub, Wall Street Journal

“Shirley Lin brings an exceptional skill set to this detailed, sophisticated and insightful study of relations across the Taiwan Strait. In great detail she traces two contradictory trends: the consolidation of a national identity in Taiwan and the contention among different players over the best approach to managing unavoidably deepening economic ties across the Strait. At its heart this is a study of the constraints that shape the process of rule-making in international relations.” —Thomas B. Gold, University of California, Berkeley