Upcoming Reading Group Topics
by Robert Kagan
March 19, 2021, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
The newly elected presidential administration must set a foreign policy path for the next four years. What should it be? What role should America play in the future? Should it be the same as the Post World War II period, the abrupt policy change during the Trump Administration or something totally new and innovative? Should America attempt aggressive leadership or pursue a more passive strategy? We have been taught that early American foreign policy was isolationist and for proof, we are shown George Washington’s Farewell Address, The Monroe Doctrine and its Corollary.
Call Sign Chaos
by Jim Mattis and Bing West
April 30, 2021, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis’s storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas—and short-sighted thinking—now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars. Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all.REGISTER
The Rise of Digital Repression
by Steven Feldstein
May 21, 2021, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
In The Rise of Digital Repression, Steven Feldstein documents how the emergence of advanced digital tools bring new dimensions to political repression. Presenting new field research from Thailand, the Philippines, and Ethiopia, he investigates the goals, motivations, and drivers of these digital tactics. Feldstein further highlights how governments pursue digital strategies based on a range of factors: ongoing levels of repression, political leadership, state capacity, and technological development. The international community, he argues, is already seeing glimpses of what the frontiers of repression look like. For instance, Chinese authorities have brought together mass surveillance, censorship, DNA collection, and artificial intelligence to enforce their directives in Xinjiang. As many of these trends go global, Feldstein shows how this has major implications for democracies and civil society activists around the world.
July Reading Group | July 30, 2021, 7:30 am - 9:00 am