ISS Lecture: Dr John Bew on Lord Castlereagh, Thurs Sept 20, 4:30pm, HGS 211

September 14, 2012

Next Thursday, September 20th, there will be a public lecture by Dr. John Bew.  The lecture is entitled “Lord Castlereagh: Founding Father of Anglo-American Realpolitik?” and will take place at 4:30pm in the Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS), Room 211, 320 York Street.  This lecture is sponsored by International Security Studies.

Dr John Bew is Reader in History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King’s College London and Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence. He convenes the Foreign Policy Research Group at King’s and runs the M/A course on The Foundations of British Foreign Policy, as well as teaching on modules relating to Intelligence, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism. He is currently running a series of seminars at the Foreign Office on ‘Interpreting Diplomatic Excellence’.

John’s most recent book, Castlereagh: Enlightenment, War and Tyranny, was published in October 2011 by Quercus in London and by Oxford University Press in the United States in September 2012. It was named one of the books of the year by the Wall Street Journal, Sunday Telegraph, BBC, and Total Politics magazine, and chosen by the Fondation Napoléon as ‘book of the month’ for March 2012. It was also recommended in the Foreign Office Christmas Reading list, featured on BBC Parliament’s Booktalk and described in the lead review in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘unparalleled in its size and sweep … a Life so nearly complete that it need never be written again’.