The Rise and Decline of Nations and Civilizations
Monday, April 29, 2013 / 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
 
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Moderators
William Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Author, "Is College Worth It?"

Speakers
Jared Diamond, Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles; Pulitzer Prize winner, "Guns, Germs, and Steel"
Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
James Robinson, David Florence Professor of Government, Harvard University

Do nations, like a good drama, have a beginning, middle and end? Why do civilizations succeed, why do they fail? Is it culture, economics, geography, climate, or an interaction among them? Is reinvention and rejuvenation possible? Our panel of celebrated scholars will examine the forces that propel the lifecycles of empires and how they may apply in today's world. Many are asking whether the U.S. is past its peak and China will inevitably reclaim the preeminence it enjoyed centuries ago. More broadly, is the global center of gravity moving from West to East? This event may also yield insights for businesses - they don't live forever either.

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