NEWPORT, R.I. -- Dr. Paul M. Kennedy
, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale University, delivered a lecture on “Appeasement” in Spruance Auditorium for the students and faculty in the senior-level Strategy and Policy Course at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) on April 5.
Professor Kennedy’s lecture forms part of the case study in the senior-level Strategy and Policy Course on “Losing Global Leadership: Confronting Conventional, Irregular, Catastrophic, and Disruptive Security Challenges—Great Britain between the Two World Wars.”
Professor Kennedy’s books The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
and The Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery
are required readings in the course on grand strategy at NWC.
Professor Kennedy’s lecture examined Great Britain’s grand strategy and the origins of the Second World War. The breakdown of the existing international order and the onset of a catastrophic world war provide a sobering parable for today’s leaders and strategic analysts. The lecture was followed by a discussion between Professor Kennedy and the students attending the senior-level course.
Professor Kennedy is internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic, and strategic issues. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, including The Rise of the Anglo-German Antagonism, The War Plans of the Great Powers, The Realities Behind Diplomacy, and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century, and The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present and Future of the United Nations. His best-selling work The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers provoked an intense debate on its publication in 1988 and has been translated into over twenty languages. Professor Kennedy has finished a book on operational history of the Second World War that is due out next year. He is beginning a study on Rudyard Kipling as well as completing a revised edition of his acclaimed The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers.
Professor Kennedy is Director of International Security Studies at Yale, and Distinguished Fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, and coordinates the ISS programs funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation. He serves on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and writes for The New York Times
, The Atlantic
, and many foreign-language newspapers and magazines. His monthly column on current global issues is distributed worldwide by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media Services.
Professor Kennedy is a former Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn. He holds many honorary degrees, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 2000 for services to History and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in June 2003.
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