All are welcome to join the members of the Thursday Morning Club at the club’s Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. for a free lecture by Dr. Douglas Simon, emeritus professor of political science at Drew University. At Drew, Simon specialized in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, international organization, and national security.
Dr. Simon’s presentation will discuss major shifts of power characterizing the current and future international system. Attention will focus on China’s challenge to American global preeminence, the rise of Eurasia, Russia’s efforts to reestablish its sphere of influence, and the advent of hyper-nationalism and the threat that it brings to the post-WW II international order. As these developments progress, two dangers standout. The first is the danger of war that often occurs when one dominant power seeks to displace another. The second is in the area of weapons proliferation, not only nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, but weapons used in cyberwar.
Dr. Douglas Simon is the only two-time recipient of Drew’s Distinguished Teaching Award and also received the Sears Outstanding Educator Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Political Science Association. He is the co-author of the book The Challenge of Politics, now in its fifth edition with the sixth in preparation. He also co-authored the book New Thinking and Developments in International Politics and was a major contributor to the edited volume, Protection Against Genocide: Mission Impossible? Dr. Simon has also contributed to such publications as the Harvard Journal of World Affairs, East Asian Survey, Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on the Holocaust, International Studies Notes, Teaching Political Science, and Society.