WWS Calendar

P.W. Singer '97, author of "Wired for War," to speak Feb. 17

Feb 17, 2009 (All day)
Robertson Hall
Arthur Lewis Auditorium
Open to the Public

P. W. Singer '97, a Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense at the Brookings Institute, and author of "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century," will present a public talk titled "Robots and War: Everything You Were Afraid to Ask..Afraid to Ask..Afraid to Ask," at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. A book signing will immediately follow the talk.

Singer is the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings's 90-year history. In 2005, CNN named him to their "New Guard" list of the Next Generation of Newsmakers. Singer has also been recognized by the Financial Times as "Guru of the Week" for the thinker that most influenced the world that week and by Slate Magazine for "Quote of the Day." He also served as coordinator of the Obama-08 campaign’s defense policy task force.

Singer’s research focuses on three core issues: the future of war, current U.S. defense needs and future priorities, and the future of the U.S. defense system.

He has written for the full range of major media and journals, including the Boston Globe, L.A. Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Current History, Survival, International Security, Parameters, Weltpolitik, and the World Policy Journal. He has provided commentary on military affairs for nearly every major TV and radio outlet, including ABC-Nightline, Al Jazeera, BBC, CBS-60 Minutes, CNN, FOX, NPR, and the NBC Today Show. He is also a founder and organizer of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global conference that brings together leaders from across the US and the Muslim world.

His most recent book “Wired for War” (Penguin, 2009), looks at the implications of robotics and other new technologies for war, politics, ethics, and law in the 21st century. The work has been featured in the video game Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot, as well as in presentations to audiences as diverse as the Air Force Institute of Technology to the National Student Leadership Conference.

Singer received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School.

This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is free and open to the public.


P. W. Singer, a Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution, and author of `Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century`