Study Group with Carol Giacomo

Join us on Thursday, October 1 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Carol Giacomo. Carol Giacomo was a member of The New York Times editorial board from 2007-2020 writing opinion pieces about all major national security issues including nuclear weapons, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

TOPIC: How is the Covid-19 pandemic changing the world in which we live, especially international power relationships?

DESCRIPTION: Donald Trump got elected as an “America First” president and the pandemic has only exacerbated that trend, prompting Americans to focus even more intently on combating the virus, coping with disrupted lives and surviving an economy in turmoil. Has it also made Americans less capable of thinking about/caring about the country’s role in the world? As America looks inward, how should we process the fact that Russia and China are taking advantage of America’s situation to assert their power and shape geopolitics to their liking; authoritarian leaders like Hungary’s Viktor Orban are exploiting the pandemic to tighten domestic controls; the world health system may be weakening, etc.

  • RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 10/1.
  • AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to individuals with a valid Harvard email address.
  • ZOOM: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your email on the day of the event. 
  • OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.

Persons who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact abbie_james@hks.harvard.edu in advance of the session.