Mel Gurtov explores how adversaries in world politics can surmount their differences and disputes and start on the path to peaceful, mutually productive relations. Defining the strategy of deep engagement, Gurtov examines how it progressed under President Obama with Cuba and Iran, and probes its potential for US-Russian and US-North Korean relations and other critical hotspots. What strategies and practice of engagement have been successful and which have failed? What are the lessons for diplomacy in ways to engage? How might practicing mutual respect, paying attention to symbols, and using incentives rather than sanctions work in the short- and long-term? Join us as Mel Gurtov offers a timely appeal to diplomacy and a reminder that a multitude of ways exist for adversaries to find common ground.
Mel Gurtov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, having served on the faculty from 1987 to 2008. His previous positions were at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif. (1966-71), where he was a co-author of the Pentagon Papers, and at the University of California, Riverside (1971-86), where he was professor of political science. He is Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective, an international quarterly; he has held that position since 1994. He has published over twenty books and numerous articles on East Asian affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and global politics from a human-interest perspective. His most recent books are Will This Be China’s Century? A Skeptic’s View (Lynne Rienner, 2013); Global Politics in the Human Interest, 5th ed. (Rienner, 2007); Superpower on Crusade: The Bush Doctrine in US Foreign Policy (Rienner, 2006); and Confronting the Bush Doctrine: Critical Perspectives from Asia-Pacific, co-edited with Peter Van Ness (Routledge, 2005). Prof. Gurtov regularly visits Asia, where he has been a visiting professor and Senior Fulbright Scholar—at Waseda University in Tokyo and Hankuk Foreign Studies University in Seoul—and has lectured at universities and research institutes in South Korea, Japan, and China.
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