U.S. international political strategy is topic of Grayson Kirk Lecture

by Jason Barone, College of Arts and Science

Grayson Kirk lecturer Barry Posen

Barry Posen

Barry R. Posen, the Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT and an author, will address the flaws in the United States’ long-term international political strategy and offer suggestions at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Wilks Theater in the Armstrong Student Center.

His talk is part of the Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series.

Posen is also director of the MIT security studies program and serves on the Executive Committee of Seminar XXI. He will sign copies of his book Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy (May 2014) after his lecture, which is free and open to the public. Students in the international studies and political science programs are particularly encouraged to attend.

He has written two additional books, Inadvertent Escalation: Conventional War and Nuclear Risks and The Sources of Military Doctrine. The latter won two awards: The American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award and Ohio State University's Edward J. Furniss Jr. Book Award.

Posen is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow; Rockefeller Foundation International Affairs Fellow; Guest Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow, Smithsonian Institution; Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; and a Visiting Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center at Dartmouth College.

The Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series was endowed by the Tinker Foundation in honor of Grayson Kirk (Miami ’24). It is sponsored by Miami’s international studies program and the department of global and intercultural studies.