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The Biden Doctrine: Foreign Policy in the New Administration

01/21/2021 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM MT



The Joe Biden administration faces unprecedented global challenges, from great power competition with China and Russia, to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden must also lead a deeply divided America where large parts of the electorate question the legitimacy of his election. What is the Biden doctrine? And what are the prospects for uniting a polarized country around a new direction in foreign policy? WorldDenver welcomes Dr. Dominic Tierney following the inauguration of President Joe Biden to explore the answers to these questions and more. 



About Our Speaker

Dr. Dominic Tierney
Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Dominic Tierney is professor of political science at Swarthmore College, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and a former contributing editor at The Atlantic.

He completed his PhD in international politics at Oxford University in 2003, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Mershon Center at Ohio State University and the Olin Institute at Harvard University before coming to Swarthmore in 2005. In 2008-2009, he was a research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

He has published four books:

Failing to Win: Perceptions of Victory and Defeat in International Politics (Harvard University Press, 2006), with Dominic Johnson, which won the International Studies Association award for the best book of the year, and was nominated for the best book of the decade.

FDR and the Spanish Civil War: Neutrality and Commitment in the Struggle that Divided America (Duke University Press, 2007), which was described by Diplomatic History as "a model of superb diplomatic history."

How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War (Little, Brown, & Co., 2010), which Ambassador James Dobbins, former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, called, "A great theme, beautifully written and compellingly organized, it's a fitting update to Russell Weigley's classic [The American Way of War] and an important contribution to a national debate over the war in Afghanistan which is only gathering steam.”

Tierney's latest book is The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015), which was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, featured on MSNBC and NPR, and excerpted in the and In Foreign Affairs, Lawrence Freedman described the book as “brave and interesting."

Tierney's work has also appeared in The New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times, NPR, and various academic journals.


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