Transnational Threats in a Globalized World
Caryl, who has a new feature
article on the Boston bombings in the New York Review of Books, joined Brian
Finlay, managing director of Stimson’s Managing
Across Boundaries Initiative, for a conversation on transnational threats
in a globalized world.
Signed copies of Caryl’s new book, “Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of
the 21st Century” were available (on a cash-only basis). According to
“Anyone who wants to understand how this new world came into being needs
to read Mr Caryl’s excellent book.”
Christian Caryl is a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute, contributing editor
at Foreign Policy, contributor to the New York Review of Books and a former
Newsweek correspondent. Caryl is a senior fellow of the Center for
International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and winner
of an Overseas Press Club Award.
More on “Strange Rebels:”
While many historians and intellectuals contend that it was 1989 – with the
fall of the Berlin Wall and the toppling of the mighty Soviet Union – that
paved the way for our current world order, veteran journalist Christian Caryl
turns this assumption on its head in his new book “Strange Rebels: 1979 and the
Birth of the 21st Century” (Basic Books). In his book, Caryl reveals
that it was the significant year 1979 that we need to look back to in order to
understand the world today. While some scholars have scratched the surface when
it comes to the ramifications of 1979, Caryl is the first to examine 1979
itself from a comprehensive global perspective. In doing so, he has yielded
startling new insights into this critical year and the era it has shaped.
Five pivotal but seemingly unconnected events that took place in 1979
illustrate Caryl’s thesis: the Iranian Revolution, the Soviet invasion of
Afghanistan, John Paul II’s first papal visit to Poland, Margaret Thatcher’s
election as British prime minister, and the start of Deng Xiaoping’s sweeping
economic reforms in China. Told together, these dramatic stories offer a
paradigm-shifting revision of recent history and a powerful new argument about
the hinge on which the 20th century turned.
Stimson’s Managing Across Boundaries Initiative hosted this event.
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