In response to a 2010 SHAFR panel focused on the “Transnational Kissinger,” I am organizing a panel centered on Zbigniew Brzezinski for SHAFR’s next conference in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 23-25, 2011. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2010, so I would like final abstracts by November 15 at the latest. I am seeking two other panelists and a chair. My paper will assay how Brzezinski’s intellectual contributions- focusing especially on Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technocratic Era (1970) and The Grand Chessboard (1997) - have affected U.S. and global economic, political, and cultural policies, predilections, and priorities. I thought that the other panelists could examine Brzezinksi’s tenure as National Security Advisor under Jimmy Carter, with a possible focus on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, U.S-Sino relations, U.S.-Israeli-Arab relations and/or the Iranian Revolution. Such perspectives would dovetail into the Conference’s main themes of “Waging War, Making Peace, Crossing Borders,” “terrorism and counter-terrorism,” “political Islam” and the ten year anniversary of 9/11. I am a recent MA history graduate from the University of Ottawa.
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