The Emergency State: A Luncheon Discussion with David C. Unger

The World Policy Institute presents:

The Emergency State: America's Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs
A public lunch and book discussion with David C. Unger
Moderated by Michele Wucker

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
12 noon – 2pm
Lunch served beginning at noon
Discussion will start at 12:15

220 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor 
New York, NY 10001

Since World War II, administrations of both parties have pursued an expansive national security agenda, leading the United States into successive costly wars that diverted trillions of tax dollars away from vital domestic needs. In his new book The Emergency State, senior New York Times editorial board member and global affairs expert David C. Unger argues that this misconceived approach to international affairs has failed to make the world safer, undermined democracy at home and sabotaged the US economy. Now, Unger says, this time worn approach to national security is increasingly ineffective in the face of elusive new, non-state sponsored threats. Instead, he proposes a radical paradigm shift, highlighting 10 proposed policy changes that could help repair democracy and revitalize the US economy.

About the Speakers:

David C. Unger is the New York Times' senior editorial writer on foreign affairs and a contributor to the World Policy Journal.  He is an expert on global security and a visiting professor for the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University campus in Bologna, Italy.   Unger joined the Times in 1977 and has traveled and reported widely on four continents.  He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michele Wucker is President of the World Policy Institute and is the author of LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, and Why The Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle For Hispaniola. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a 2008 Progressive Women's Voices Alumna, and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. Ms. Wucker is a frequent public speaker and regular source for international media on global issues. 

Related Reading:

Look for David C. Unger's article "A Better Internationalism" in the upcoming Spring 2012 issue of the World Policy Journal.

Articles by Unger in past issues of the World Policy Journal:
"The Inevitable Two-State Solution" Fall 2008
"Maps of War, Maps of Peace: Finding a Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Question" Summer 2002
"Asian Anxieties, Pacific Overtures: Experiment in Security for a New Asia-Pacific Community" Summer 1994

Payment and Registration:

This luncheon discussion is open to the public. Advance registration and payment are required to reserve a seat.

The Emergency State: America's Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs (Penguin, list price $27.95) will be on sale at the event for $20; $15 for WPI members.

  • Event is free for WPI members
  • Regular admission: $15; admission + book: $25
  • Nonprofit admission: $10; admission + book: $20
  • Student admission: $5; admission + book: $15

WPI members: register by emailing by February 17 with your name and affiliation
Non-members: payments can be made online via PayPal HERE:

The Emergency State with David Unger – 2/21/12

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