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Book Talk: Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 4:00pm
Book Talk: Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest

Book Talk: Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest 

Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University 

 

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: Smith Memorial Student Union 238
This event is free and open to the public.

Book Title

Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest (Rowman and Littlefield, Feb. 2018). $27.00 paperback. The book is for sale on Amazon.com, and physical copies of the book will be for sale at the event.

Event Description  

Mel Gurtov will discuss his latest book, Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest (Rowman and Littlefield, February 2018).

This groundbreaking book explores how adversaries in world politics can surmount their differences and disputes and start on the path to peaceful, mutually-productive relations. Writing with authority and clarity, Mel Gurtov defines the strategy of deep engagement, examines how it progressed under President Obama with Cuba and Iran, and probes its potential for US-Russian and US-North Korean relations and other critical hotspots. At the core of the book are case studies that highlight the strategy and practice of engagement in both successful and failed efforts. Showing that domestic political obstacles turn out to be more formidable than strategic interests when national leaders seek to engage adversaries, Gurtov draws lessons for diplomacy in ways to engage, such as practicing mutual respect, paying attention to symbols, and using incentives rather than sanctions. At a time when use of force remains the main way governments pursue their interests, Engaging Adversaries is a timely appeal to diplomacy and a reminder that a multitude of ways exist for adversaries to find common ground.

About the Speaker

Mel Gurtov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, having served on the faculty from 1987 to 2008. His previous positions were at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California (1966 to 1971), where he was a co-author of the Pentagon Papers, and at the University of California, Riverside (1971 to 1986), where he was professor of political science. He has also held the position of editor in chief of the international quarterly Asian Perspective since 1994. He has published over 20 books and numerous articles on East Asian affairs, US foreign policy, and global politics from a human-interest perspective. His most recent books are Will This Be China’s Century? A Skeptic’s View  (Lynne Rienner, 2013), Global Politics in the Human Interest, 5th ed. (Rienner, 2007), Superpower on Crusade: The Bush Doctrine in US Foreign Policy (Rienner, 2006), and Confronting the Bush Doctrine: Critical Perspectives from Asia-Pacific, co-edited with Peter Van Ness (Routledge, 2005).  Professor Gurtov regularly visits Asia, where he has been a visiting professor and Senior Fulbright Scholar at Waseda University in Tokyo and Hankuk Foreign Studies University in Seoul. He has also lectured at universities and research institutes in South Korea, Japan, and China.

 

Sponsored by the
PSU Institute for Asian Studies
PSU Department of Political Science 
NW China Council
World Oregon

 

For more information, contact:
The PSU Institute for Asian Studies
email: asianstudies@pdx.edu 
tel. 503-725-8576
web: www.pdx.edu/asian-studies