The Return of History and the End of Dreams

21 May 2008 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Robert Kagan, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House



A major voice in American public policy and foreign affairs Dr Robert Kagan is listed as one of the world's 'Top 100 Public Intellectuals' by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines. Recently cited by presidential hopeful Senator John McCain as being one of several conservatives whom the senator calls up for guidance and advice on foreign policy, Kagan is currently based in Brussels as a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Famous for the observation, 'Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus', his book Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Orderwas a national and international bestseller.

Dr Kagan served in the United States State Department as a deputy for policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, and was a member of the policy planning staff as principal speechwriter to the US Secretary of State George P Shultz. He writes a monthly column on world affairs for the Washington Post, and is a contributing editor at both the Weekly Standard and the New Republic.