This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site. Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through their vision, service, intellect, or courage helped shape U.S. foreign policy. They will be missed. Benjamin Barber (b. 1939) was a political scientist who wrote Jihad vs. McWorld among other books. Born and raised in Greenwich Village in New York City, Barber earned his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. from Harvard. He taught for three decades at Rutgers University, before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 2001. Jihad vs. McWorld was released in 1995, but it didn’t become a bestseller until after September 11, 2001. It argued that two competing forces were shaping the world and threatening democracy— retribalization and globalization. As Barber later put it : “These two sets of forces could not avoid clashing and exploding; they were going to create nothing but death and explosion unless we did this third thing, and we didn’t.” The third thing was to create authentic democracies. How to… Read full this story
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