Episode 212: The Lessons of Tragedy

Relevant Reading:

The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order
Hal Brands & Charles Edel

How Woodrow Wilson Lost the Peace
Hal Brands & Charles Edel in The American Interest

This year marks the centenary of Versailles, the peace treaty widely derided for failing to resolve—and indeed exacerbating—the geopolitical tensions that had plunged Europe into war. Today, at a time of geopolitical crackup and fears of a fading “liberal international order,” what lessons can we learn from that past?

In their new book The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World OrderHal Brands and Charles Edel take the long view. Rooting their arguments in the ancient Greeks and their tragic vision of history, Brands and Edel look at cases where leaders succeeded or failed in erecting a sustainable world order—and argue that American leaders must recover a tragic sensibility to rise to the occasion today.

This week, Hal Brands joins Richard Aldous on the podcast to discuss the book. Be sure to tune in, and don’t forget to read the excerpt we recently published in our pages. You can also follow @aminterest, @HalBrands and @CharlesEdel on Twitter.

Published on: February 6, 2019
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