Do morals matter? Presidents and foreign policy from FDR to Trump
Join leading international relations scholar Joseph Nye for the launch of his new book, ‘Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump’. The book examines each of the 14 US presidents since 1945 and scores their foreign policy on three ethical dimensions: their intentions, the means they used and the consequences of their decisions. In addition, he evaluates their leadership qualities, elaborating on which approaches work and which ones do not.

Nye suggests how to better apply moral reasoning to foreign policy, particularly when faced with a future international system that presents not only great power competition from China and Russia, but a host of transnational threats: the illegal drug trade, infectious diseases, terrorism, cybercrime and climate change.

The discussion will be moderated by Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government.

Please note: This event will take place online via Zoom and be streamed live. Please follow the link below to register on the Blavatnik School website. You will be emailed a link with instructions on how to watch the event nearer the time.
Date: 28 May 2020, 12:00 (Thursday, 5th week, Trinity 2020)
Venue: Venue to be announced
Speaker: Professor Joseph Nye
Organising department: Blavatnik School of Government
Organiser: Blavatnik School of Government (University of Oxford)
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Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editor: Natalie Ham