Sunday March 19, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Examine US policy regarding the Middle East, especially the period following the Cold War. Adam Garfinkle illustrates the tragic consequences of America’s problems of perception.
The Albuquerque International Association hosts a lecture by Adam Garfinkle, founding editor of The American Interest magazine, on misperceptions of the Middle East influence US policy in the region.
From the earliest days, we Americans have had a special way of looking at the world derived from Anglo-Protestant religious traditions and the ideas of the Enlightenment. We are optimistic, and believe that we have found the best way of organizing society, one that is based on constitutional democracy, market capitalism, individual autonomy and civil liberties. To the extent that other societies do not embrace these values, we tend to see them as inferior, suffering from a kind of disease that prevents them from adopting practices that will open the way to a better future. When Americans’ world view is projected onto other societies, especially non-Western ones, the result is almost always serious misunderstanding and confusion. Policies flowing from these misconceptions rarely succeed except by accident or extreme exertion.
Cost: $15/Albuquerque International Association Members, $20/Non-Members; Students (under 30) with ID – Free. You can pay on-line with credit card at www.abqinternational.org or at the door (cash and check only).