Foreign policy expert Strobe Talbott guides the audience through the millennia of human history—from the Garden of Eden and the Greeks to the post-Cold War era—to explore the breakthroughs and breakdowns in one of the greatest quests of all time: forging a peaceful community of nations. Today the world is facing two overwhelming threats—nuclear proliferation and climate change. It will take the full, united support and cooperation of the international community, along with a proactive global governance structure, to avert the disasters these threats pose to humanity. Talbott’s presentation is based on his recent book of the same name. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote “The Great Experimentis a magisterial work–a rare combination of sweeping historical narrative with personal insight, wisdom and analytic brilliance. It should be a call to action for leaders at the highest level.”
Introduced by Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Director of the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Discussion with Strobe Talbott, President of The Brookings Institution, follows the presentation.