News & Events

Events

Tyranny Of Consensus - A Reception With Author Janne E. Nolan

June 3, 2013


1111 19th Street NW, 12th Floor,
Washington, DC 20036

RSVP HERE

June 10, 2013 5pm to 6:30pm


In "Tyranny of Consensus," Nolan examines three cases-the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the proxy war with the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, and the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa-to find the limitations of American policy-makers in understanding some of the important developments around the world. Assisted by a working group of senior practitioners and policy experts, Nolan finds that it is often the impulse to protect the already arrived at policy consensus that is to blame for failure. Without access to informed discourse or a functioning "marketplace of ideas," policy-makers can find themselves unable or unwilling to seriously consider possible correctives even to obviously flawed strategies.

_____________________________________________________

Janne E. Nolan is a member of the international affairs faculty at George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies. She has held numerous senior positions in the private sector, including as professor of international affairs and deputy director of the Ridgway Center at the University of Pittsburgh, project director and research faculty at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, director of foreign policy for The Century Foundation, senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, and senior international security consultant at Science Applications International Corporation.

Nolan's public service includes positions as a technology trade and arms control specialist in the Department of State, as senior representative to the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as the defense adviser to several presidential campaigns and transition teams. She served as an appointed member the White House Presidential Advisory Board on U.S. Arms and Technology Policy (chair), the National Defense Panel, the State Department's Accountability Review Board (investigating terror attacks against U.S. embassies in East Africa), the Gates Panel to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S., and the Secretary of Defense's Policy Board.

She is the author of seven books, including "Guardians of the Arsenal: The Politics of Nuclear Strategy" (Basic Books, 1990), "Trappings of Power: Ballistic Missiles in the Third World" (Brookings, 1991), and "An Elusive Consensus: Nuclear Weapons and American Security after the Cold War" (Brookings, 1999), and is editor (with Bernard I. Finel and Brian D. Finlay) of "Ultimate Security: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction" (The Century Foundation Press, 2003).

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

Defying Injustice: Lessons from Defeating Apartheid to the Arab Spring
April 10, 2014 at 6:00 PMThis interactive dialogue, led by Gay McDougall, brings together scholars, researchers and activists from diverse social movements to consider how the fight against apartheid can inform current social movements. Join TCF senior fellow Michael Wahid Hanna and other panelists for this exciting event.
Neighborhoods with Concentrated Poverty with Paul Jargowsky, Patrick Sharkey, Ta-Nehisi Coates
April 10 at 2 p.m. ESTOn Thursday, April 10 at 2 p.m. ET, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and The Century Foundation will hold a discussion on the long-term and devastating impact growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods has on children, with leading experts TCF's Paul Jargowsky, NYU's Patrick Sharkey, Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic and Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. EPI Research Associate Richard Rothstein will moderate.
Diversity in Higher Education Post-Fisher
Friday, March 28. 2:45-3:45pm CSTTCF senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg will participate in a discussion about race-based and class-based affirmative action as solutions for diversity in higher education, as part of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law's Diversity in Higher Education Post-Fisher conference.
Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream
March 27, 2014 at 9:30 AMTCF fellow Suzanne Mettler will join a panel of experts to discuss her new book Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream.
Encouraging integrated schools in the District of Columbia?
March 21, 2014 at 10:00 AMThe Century Foundation and and Thomas B. Fordham Institute will host a lively discussion on the merits and pitfalls of “controlled choice" for DC schools.
Tech Against Human Trafficking and Illicit Networks
March 19, 2014 at 1:55 PMTCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe discusses how big data is helping to map, expose, and disrupt illicit technology.
Snowden 2.0: A Field Report from the NSA Archives
March 10, 2014 at 9:30 AMTCF senior fellow Barton Gellman and Cory Doctorow, novelist, co-editor of Boing Boing and former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation discuss NSA leaker Edward Snowden at SXSW Interactive.
25 Years From Now: The Case for Diversity and Future of Affirmative Action in the Wake of Fisher
March 3, 2014TCF senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg will be speaking at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law on March 3 on the topic, "25 Years From Now: The Case for Diversity and Future of Affirmative Action in the Wake of Fisher and Schuette." Get more details on the symposium here.
How Can We Make Higher Education More Inclusive?
FEBRUARY 18, 2014 AT 7:30 PMThe Century Foundation senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg joins Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, and Michele Siqueiros at a joint ACLU/Zócalo event, to explore what can be done to bring more students from underrepresented groups to campus — and make them feel welcome there.
The Next America: Making Community Colleges Work
February 10, 2014 at 12:30 PMTCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg joins with Marco Rubio, Davis Jenkins, Jim Murdaugh, and Eduardo Padr´n for a discussion of community colleges and education policy.
 

Stay Informed

Sign up for our mailing list and stay up-to-date on the latest happenings at The Century Foundation

Sign up Today

Contact Us

Send us an email or get directions to The Century Foundation’s offices.

Contact Us

TCF Bookstore

The TCF Bookstore is a curated collection of books and magazines that backup the mission of our organization.

Visit Our Bookstore

Upcoming Events

View All Upcoming Events

Contact:

New York City Office:
One Whitehall St., Fifteenth Floor
NY, NY 10004
DC Office:
1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Social:
  • Our RSS Feed
  • Find us on Twitter
  • Find us on Facebook

All Content Copyright © 2014 The Century Foundation