The speaker will argue that in the United States the ideals of freedom and liberty have grown inflated and unstable and are fracturing contemporary society. The speaker will discuss how the focus on, and commitment to, liberty and national security shapes the way in which the US engages with the rest of the world.
Tristram Riley-Smith is the author of The Cracked Bell. Between 2002-2005 he was a Counsellor in the Political Section of the British Embassy in Washington DC, and he continues to work as a senior Government official in Whitehall. Prior to completing his PhD in Social Anthropology, he worked as a journalist.
Coffee will be served from 9:45.