The veteran journalist Christian Caryl’s compelling argument for how the world we live in today began to take shape in 1979 was first aired in his best-selling book Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century (2013).
Few moments in history have witnessed as many seismic transformations: The overthrow of the shah of Iran, Margaret Thatcher’s election as prime minister of Great Britain, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan are just three of the events whose political, economic, and religious legacies continue to reverberate in our century.
Caryl is a senior fellow at both the Legatum Institute in Dubai and the Center for International Studies at MIT. He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.
About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series
Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.
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