Gideon Rose

Editor, Foreign Affairs, and Peter G. Peterson Chair, Foreign Affairs

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Phone: +1.212.434.9629
E-mail: grose@cfr.org

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New York, NY

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Is an oppressive government better than anarchy?

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Both tyranny and anarchy are bad political options for a country. The political theorist Thomas Hobbes, looking at the ravages of anarchy during England's civil war in the 17th century, famously concluded that life without government was terrible because "there is no place for Industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; … no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continuall feare, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, [is] solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short."

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Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons from Democratic Transitions

Speakers: John Campbell, Isobel Coleman, and Terra Lawson-Remer
Presider: Gideon Rose

John Campbell, Isobel Coleman, and Terra Lawson-Remer discuss their new Council on Foreign Relations book, Pathways to Freedom, which offers an authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help.

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Media Conference Call: Brennan Confirmation Hearings

Speaker: Sarah Holewinski
Presiders: Micah Zenko and Gideon Rose

Center for Civilians in Conflict Executive Director Sarah Holewinski and CFR Douglas Dillon Fellow Micah Zenko discuss the confirmation hearing of John Brennan to head the CIA as well as Brennan's likely approach to U.S. drone strike policies if he is confirmed.

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2012 Arthur Ross Book Award

Speaker: John Lewis Gaddis
Presider: Gideon Rose

The 2012 Arthur Ross Book Award event honors gold medal recipient John Lewis Gaddis for his book George F. Kennan: An American Life, as well as silver medalist Jason Stearns and honorable mention Daniel Yergin.

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2012 Arthur Ross Book Award

Speaker: John Lewis Gaddis
Presider: Gideon Rose

The 2012 Arthur Ross Book Award event honors gold medal recipient John Lewis Gaddis for his book George F. Kennan: An American Life, as well as silver medalist Jason Stearns and honorable mention Daniel Yergin.

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2012 Arthur Ross Book Award

Speaker: John Lewis Gaddis
Presider: Gideon Rose

The 2012 Arthur Ross Book Award event honors gold medal recipient John Lewis Gaddis for his book George F. Kennan: An American Life, as well as silver medalist Jason Stearns and honorable mention Daniel Yergin.