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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Ending the Cold War and Setting the Terms of the Future World Order

Global Rules book cover

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
5:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101


  • James Cronin, Boston College
  • Mary Elise Sarotte, University of Southern California
  • Jeremi Suri, University of Texas at Austin
  • Arne Westad, Harvard University
  • Moderator: Seth Jacobs, Boston College

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about the speakers


Professor James Cronin

James Cronin teaches modern British and European history at Boston College. Over the past decade his research interests have involved the relationship between states and social structures, political parties, and the rise and fall of the Cold War world order. His most recent book focused on the making of "New Labour" in Britain and its implications for the evolution of social democracy in Europe. He is currently working on a study of British and American foreign policy, and the Anglo-American alliance, since the crisis of the 1970s. Professor Cronin is an associate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, where he chairs the British Study Group, and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Social History and British Politics. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the German Marshall Fund and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Mary Elise Sarotte

Mary Elise Sarotte is the author, most recently, of The Collapse:  The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall, which the Financial Times, theEconomist, and BBC History Magazine (along with other publications) named a "Book of the Year" and CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS selected as its "Book of the Week."  The Collapse appeared on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, along with related articles and op-eds in Foreign Affairs, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Politico, and other media outlets.

Her previous book, 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe (2009) was also a Financial Times Book of the Year and became the first book to win both the Ferrell Prize (for distinguished scholarship on U.S. foreign policy) and the Shulman Prize (for distinguished scholarship on Communist foreign policy).  1989 additionally received the DAAD Prize for distinguished scholarship in German and European studies.  Sarotte is the author of two other books and a number of scholarly articles as well.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, her doctorate in history at Yale University, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School.  After her postdoc, Sarotte went on to become a White House Fellow, a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a tenured member of the faculty of the University of Cambridge in England.  Sarotte returned to the States to become a member of the faculty at the University of Southern California (USC), where she is Dean’s Professor of History, and a research associate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

Jeremi Suri

Jeremi Suri is the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a Professor in the Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is the author and editor of six books on history, international affairs, and foreign policy, including Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of DetenteHenry Kissinger and the American Century, andLiberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama. His most recent book, co-edited with Robert Hutchings, is:Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy. Professor Suri also writes for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning NewsForeign Affairs, and Wired Magazine. His research and teaching have received numerous awards, including recognition from Smithsonian Magazine as one of American Top Young Innovators. Professor Suri is a frequent public lecturer and appears often on television and radio. He blogs at:

Arne Westad

Odd Arne Westad is the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard University, where he teaches at the Kennedy School of Government. He is an expert on contemporary international history and on the eastern Asian region.  

Before coming to Harvard in 2015, Westad was School Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). While at LSE, he directed LSE IDEAS, a leading centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy.

Professor Westad won the Bancroft Prize for The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times. The book, which has been translated into fifteen languages, also won a number of other awards. Westad served as general editor for the three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War, and is the author of  the Penguin History of the World (now in its 6th edition). His most recent book, Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, won the Asia Society’s book award for 2013.