About Events 'The World: A Brief Introduction' 'The World: A Brief Introduction' DEC 1, 2020 11:00 AM Online via Zoom Register Like it or not, we live in a global era, in which what happens thousands of miles away has the ability to affect our lives. This time, it is a coronavirus known as COVID-19. Next time it could well be another infectious disease from somewhere else. Twenty years ago it was a group of terrorists trained in Afghanistan and armed with box-cutters who commandeered four airplanes and claimed nearly 3,000 lives. Next time it could be terrorists who use a truck bomb or gain access to a weapon of mass destruction. This is the new normal of the 21st century. In this conversation hosted by UVA's Miller Center, Richard Haass, veteran diplomat and the current president of the Council on Foreign Relations, talks with Todd Sechser of the Democracy Initiative's Statecraft Lab about his new book The World: A Brief Introduction, which aims to navigate a time in which many of our biggest challenges come from the world beyond our borders. Todd S. Sechser Todd S. Sechser is the Pamela Feinour Edmonds and Franklin S. Edmonds Jr. Discovery Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia; Professor of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; and a Senior Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. Read full bio Related Content Todd S. Sechser Batten Faculty Provide Commentary on Election Results News In commentary compiled by the Miller Center, Batten Professors Jennifer Lawless, Margaret Foster Riley, Todd Sechser, and Craig Volden weigh in on the 2020 election, offering updates on the latest developments. Q&A: COVID-19 and American Foreign Policy with Batten's Sechser News As the coronavirus pandemic continues to touch nearly every aspect of American life and government, Batten's Todd Sechser says the handling of the pandemic by the U.S. has implications far beyond our borders, affecting policy and power struggles around the world.