Special Event – Stewart Patrick Lecture on Fragile States

Title:  Fragile States and Global Threats

Location: The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive

What are the conditions that breed the terrorist violence that threatens our country and the world?  To what extent are so-called “failed states” the source of these threats? 

In his upcoming talk, Stewart Patrick will discuss whether weak or fragile states are the gravest threat to international security, because they may offer safe haven to trans-national terrorists, or whether there are other, more serious threats, as described in his recently published book entitled, “Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats and International Security”.  Patrick’s groundbreaking book has been described by Australia’s former foreign minister as a “brilliantly researched” work and by Francis Fukuyama as a thoughtful effort to “take on the conventional wisdom” on this critically important topic.

Stewart Patrick is a 1988 Rhodes Scholar who has worked in various positions at the State Department,including as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, has taught at New York University, and currently serves as Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author or editor of several books on international affairs, with a focus on transnational security threats,and has written op eds on these subjects for such publications as the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

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