Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Tragic Mind: Fear, Fate, and the Burden of Power

The Tragic Mind: Fear, Fate, and the Burden of Power

March 14, 2023 | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

About the Event

In this month's People, Politics, and Prose, Ronald J. Granieri is joined by Robert D. Kaplan to discuss his new book The Tragic Mind: Fear, Fate, and the Burden of Power. Kaplan and Granieri will speak with members about lessons of Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare, German philosophers, and modern literary classics applied to a lifetime of foreign reporting in war and conflict zones.

People, Politics, and Prose with Ron Granieri features in-depth conversations with authors of recent books on international affairs and national security. Moderated by FPRI’s Ronald J. Granieri, each session will build on the book’s contents to discuss the author’s influences and motivations, relating everything to current events to elicit a broader understanding of the geographical, political, and historical context of our contemporary world. 

FPRI is happy to provide this event free of charge thanks to the generous support of our members, partners, and event attendees. If you are not currently a member, the suggested donation is $25.

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Robert D. Kaplan

Robert D. Kaplan - Robert D. Kaplan is the Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Ronald J. Granieri

Ronald J. Granieri - Dr. Ronald J. Granieri is a 2024 Templeton Fellow and the Director of the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He also hosts People, Politics, and Prose, a monthly event series at FPRI.