Our first FEED event for Futurity was with Professor Joshua Goldstein, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, American University (Washington, DC) and Research Scholar, University of Massachusetts. In the talk recorded below, Professor Goldstein explains his thesis that we are living in a more peaceful age – that war is in decline across the board: tanks wars, inter-state wars, and civil wars, amongst others. Much of this is due to technological advances, just as in Futurity.
(Speaking of technology – we had some wobbles with this recording and so apologies for them, but we want to share the talk anyways as Professor Goldstein’s ideas are so compelling!)
Professor Joshua S. Goldstein is an interdisciplinary scholar of war and society, and author of the widely used textbook International Relations (with Jon C. Pevehouse). Goldstein’s bookWar and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa (Cambridge, 2001) won the International Studies Association’s “Book of the Decade” award. His book Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide (Dutton/Penguin, 2011) was the Conflict Research Society’s “Book of the Year” in 2013. Goldstein’s latest book, The Wounds Within, is about veterans and PTSD. Prior books include The Real Price of War (NYU, 2004), Three-Way Street: Strategic Reciprocity in World Politics (Chicago, 1990; with John R. Freeman) and Long Cycles: Prosperity and War in the Modern Age (Yale, 1988). Goldstein has published articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, American Political Science Review, Journal of Conflict Resolution, andInternational Studies Quarterly, among others, and Op Ed pieces in The New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere. Goldstein has won a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, the International Studies Association’s Karl Deutsch Award for research, and the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award, among others, and is listed inWho’s Who in America.