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On February 22, 2024, Professor Mai’a K. Davis Cross and distinguished public policy thought leaders Dr. Esther Brimmer (Council for Foreign Relations), Gloriela Iguina-Colón (C40 Cities), and Dr. Divyansh Kaushik (Federation of American Scientists) convened for an engaging conversation about the public policy implications of Prof. Cross’s new book, International Cooperation Against All Odds: The Ultrasocial World. Moderated by Professor Tracy Corley, the author’s interview and critical discussion of the book recasted how we understand the power of possibility and breakthroughs in international cooperation and policy making. Hosted by Northeastern University’s Center for International Affairs and World Cultures and the College of Social Science and Humanities on the Arlington, Virginia campus, the book event explored how the human evolutionary predisposition to be “ultrasocial” as a species allows political ideas to succeed, transform, manipulate, and inspire at local, national, and global scales, transforming institutions and policies that impact us all.

An award-winning author, Mai’a Cross is the Dean’s Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Diplomacy as well as the Director of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. She is an expert on international cooperation, especially in the areas of European foreign and security policy, epistemic communities, crises, diplomacy, soft power, and space policy. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. International Cooperation Against All Odds: The Ultrasocial World is her sixth book.

Stay Tuned for Professor Denise Garcia’s Book Launch event in September 2024. Her book is titled, The AI Military Race: Common Good Governance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.