November 9, 2012 - Lecture

The Value and Values of Diplomacy: Moral Psychology and the Pursuit of Security in 1920s Europe

Lecturer: Brian Christopher Rathbun, University of of Southern California.

Brian Rathbun is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California.  He has written two books, Trust in International Cooperation: The Creation of International Security Organizations and the Politics of Multilateralism (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), and Partisan Interventions: European Party Politics and Peace Enforcement in the Balkans (Cornell University Press, 2004).  Prof. Rathbun has also published articles in International Organization, Security Studies, the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.  He specializes in integrating insights from political, social, and cognitive psychology into the study of IR; particularly the partisan politics of foreign policy decision-making. Prof. Rathbun will be presenting research based on his latest book incorporating findings from social psychology to help understand the moral values underlying the practice of diplomacy and the pursuit of security.

This series is sponsored by the McGill/Université de Montréal Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS) and is funded by the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC)—project on ‘Globalization and the Changing National Security State’ (see, with the support of the McGill's Department of Political Science and the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE).

11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

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