ER/S lecture series focuses on ethics and U.S. foreign policy

University hosts Max Boot and G. John Ikenberry, two speakers who hold opposing views on the subject | October 4, 2004

The University’s 2004-2005 Ethics, Religion and Society (E/RS) lecture series kicks off this month at the Schiff Family Conference Center with two speakers who hold opposing views on ethics and U.S. foreign policy. Speakers will address leadership issues on this topic after their presentations.

G. John Ikenberry, an author and professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, spoke on Oct. 14, while Max Boot, a senior fellow of national security studies for the Council on Foreign Relations, speaks Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7:00 p.m.

“We scheduled these two speakers close together so voters would have a chance to hear opposing sides of the issue before making a decision in the November election,” said Sarah Melcher, E/RS co-director.

Boot, who will speak on the topic of morality and American foreign policy, is the author of The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power. The book was selected as one of the best books of 2002 by the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor.

Ikenberry’s presentation was titled “American Power and World Order: Between Empire and a Community of Democracies.” He is also the author of several books, including, After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars, which won the American Political Science Association’s Schroeder-Jervis award for best book in international history and politics.

The purpose of the Ethics/Religion and Society program is to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues. Both events are free and open to the public.