International affairs expert to discuss foreign policy

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October 26, 2018

Hal Brands

Hal Brands

Historian, author and international affairs expert Hal Brands will deliver the Mark Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Lecture at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Founders Room (room 170), Quadrangle Building, Saint John’s University.

During this lunch seminar, Brands will discuss “Election 2018: How the Midterm Election Results May Impact Foreign Policy.” The 2018 midterm elections will be held Nov. 6.

Although the event is free and open to the public and includes lunch, you must preregister for lunch.

Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Baltimore.

He is the author of several books, including “American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump” (2018); “Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order” (2016); “What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush” (2014); “Latin America’s Cold War” (2010); and “From Berlin to Baghdad: America’s Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World” (2008).

Brands was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow from 2015-16. He has consulted with a range of government offices and agencies in the intelligence and national security communities. He is also a Bloomberg News opinion columnist.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 2005, and his Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 2009.

Kennedy is a 1979 graduate of Saint John’s who is currently president of the University of North Dakota. He served in Congress representing two Minnesota districts from 2001-07.

The Mark Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom lecture series operates through the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at SJU.

“The goal for the Frontiers of Freedom lecture series is to add real intellectual diversity to the McCarthy Center, to ensure that you hear both sides, so you can critically evaluate the challenges we face. My earnest desire is that the McCarthy Center becomes known first and foremost for promoting standing for the courage of your convictions,” Kennedy said in a speech inaugurating the lecture series.