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Athenaeum Event: U.S. Foreign Policy in a Complex World

Tuesday, September 23, 2008



"The 'Axis of Evil' and Beyond: U.S. Foreign Policy in a Complex and Dangerous World"
From the future of Iraq, to the U.S. presidential debates, to the air quality in Beijing, James Fallows leaves no stone unturned in his blogging and reporting as national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. Mr. Fallows goes outside the traditional topics of politics and economics. For example, he has written extensively about aviation and computer technology. In fact, Fallows spent six months working at Microsoft designing new software for writers.

James Fallows has worked for The Atlantic Monthly for over 25 years, and has lived and worked in Washington D.C., Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and now Beijing. Fallows, the author of seven books, is a winner of the National Book Award for National Defense (1981), and was recently awarded the National Magazine Award for his Atlantic Monthly article about the consequences of victory in Iraq. His newest work, Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China, will be released in early 2009.

Fallows is also a well known editor and speechwriter. He edited The Washington Monthly, Texas Monthly and from 1996-1998, U.S. News & World Report. From 1977-1979, he served as President Carter's chief speechwriter. Fallows is the founding chairman of the New American Foundation, a foundation "that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States." A Southern California native, he attended Redlands High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and studied economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

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