A conversation with David Andelman

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    A conversation with David Andelman

    • 07 Jun 2021

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    Join us for a conversation with David Andelman (AB'66) about his new book "A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars That Might Still Happen"

    Over the last century, world leaders have, in many cases, resorted to asserting "red lines" - geopolitical ultimatums - as a tactic for trying to alleviate or end military, political or diplomatic crises. Today, America has pledged to re-engage with its allies and the world in order to tackle a number of such crises proliferating around the world, including global threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

    At a time when the international world order is in flux, would asserting more red lines help alleviate such crises or backfire? What does the history of such ultimatums tell us about how we might best handle those we face today? What lessons can we learn from the not so distant past, so that we are not "condemned to repeat it" as George Santayana famously wrote?

    Join us for an illuminating discussion with award-winning national security journalist and author David Andelman (AB'66) about his new book, "A Red Line in the Sand." Drawing on his decades of experience as a longtime columnist for CNN and a veteran correspondent for the New York Times and CBS News, David will provide us with insights into the world's most intense "red lines," from the red line in Munich that led to the onset of World War II to more recent troubles in the South China Sea, the Korean Peninsula, Syria and the Middle East.

    The discussion will be led by former Harvard Club President Ned Gubbins (AB'94) followed by ample time for Q&A.




    Date: Monday June 7th, 2021
    Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm CEST
    Place: Join us via the zoom link sent after registration
    Price: The event is free, but you need to register


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    Before joining the event, discover "A Red Line in the Sand, the 12-part podcast"!

    A Red Line in the Sand, the 12-part podcast




    David Andelman

    David is a veteran New York Times and CBS News correspondent and executive director of The Red Lines Project. He is an award-winning columnist for CNN and contributor to NBC News/Think. He spent seven years as senior Paris correspondent for CBS News during Mitterand's first presidential term, has taught the stage intensif du printemps at l'ENA, and served on the comité du parrainage of the Deauville Film Festival. He has appeared on France 24, France Inter, France Culture and Europe and has likewise served as the editor and publisher of World Policy Journal, as an Executive Editor of Forbes, and news editor at Bloomberg. He is the author of "The Peacemakers, The Fourth World War: Diplomacy and Espionage in the Age of Terrorism with the Count de Marenches", and "A Shattered Peace: Versailles, 1919 and the Price We Pay Today". He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Canadensis, Pennsylvania and Paris, France.

    A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars that Might Still Happen is available on Amazon.

    Buy the book on Amazon


    Ned Gubbins

    Ned Gubbins (AB '94) studied political science at both Harvard College and Sciences-po before gravitating to consulting and documentary film production. He has worked on films for France Televisions, Canal+ and ARTE on subjects ranging from the death penalty and immigration to American politics and the global history of slavery. He is a former President of the Harvard Club of France.