Reuben Brigety II, “The Fractured Power: How to Overcome Tribalism.” IN-PERSON event

  • 19 Oct 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Gold Room, Troy University Montgomery, 231 Montgomery St
  • 113


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Reuben E. Brigety II, 17th Vice-chancellor and President of the University of the South at Sewanee, is the former dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and former U.S. ambassador to the African Union. He is a native Southerner whose life and distinguished career have taken him from the U.S. Naval Academy to the University of Cambridge, and from Africa to Washington, D.C..

This registration is for the IN-PERSON event in the Gold Room 231 Montgomery St, Troy University's Whitley building. There is plenty of parking adjacent. This event includes a reception and the ability to ask questions orally of the speaker. It will also be carried on Zoom video -- for which you can register for the Video alternative event (in which participants can ask questions via the chat function.)

His article, “The Fractured Power: How to Overcome Tribalism.” Foreign Affairs, March/April 2021 issue, argues that the US now fits USAID's CAF standard criteria of a tribalized society, more often applied to Africa or southwest Asia.

Tribalism is not confined to primitive or developing countries, but many countries can meet the criteria used by AID. Solutions in strife-torn countries have been found abroad by international intervention and by civic society groups that bridge the social divides. 

The article points to gerrymandering of US legislative districts that gridlocks our processes and leaves public policy prey to those leaders who exploit tribal identities, whether ethnic, regional, religious or partisan. The US constitutional machinery was set up to limit the mischief of factions; but to bring healing and compromise to this society it will not be acceptable to bring international intervention. Therefore, US leaders and civic society must step up efforts towards civic dialog. 



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