Goldstein on the Politics of State Dinners


Erik Goldstein, Professor of International Relations and History at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, decoded the guest list for Barack Obama’s most recent State Dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Goldstein shared his expertise in an April 28 article in Bloomberg Business entitled, “Seahawk Wilson, Intel’s Krzanich Among State Dinner Guests.”

From the text of the article:

Guests are selected with great care for such events, to symbolize ties between countries,” Erik Goldstein, who teaches international relations at Boston University and has studied state dinners, said in an e-mail. “Invitations can also be much sought after prizes by supporters of the president, and provide a useful form of recognition to them as well.”

You can read the entire article here.

Goldstein’s research interests include diplomacy, formulation of national diplomatic strategies, the origins and resolution of armed conflict, and negotiation. Learn more about him here.