Book Forum

Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics

(Oxford University Press, 2011)

Join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoEvents. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute. If you have questions or need assistance registering for the event, please email our staff at events@​cato.​org.

Date and Time
June 9, 2011 4 - 5:30 PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium
Featuring the author John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago; with comments by A. Trevor Thrall, George Mason University; and Ted Galen Carpenter, Cato Institute; moderated by Justin Logan, Cato Institute.

How frequent is lying in international politics? Which types of leaders lie the most, and to whom do leaders most frequently lie: other states, or their own people? Is all deception lying, or should we think of lying as distinct from other sorts of subterfuge, like spinning and concealment? Moreover, is lying a useful tool of statecraft? What happens when lying goes wrong? Best‐​selling author and leading international relations scholar John Mearsheimer takes on these questions in his new book, Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics. Please join the author and two discussants for an examination of this fascinating and under‐​studied topic.