Daniel Drezner, professor of international politics at Tufts University, published a perspective piece in The Washington Post that discussed the ramifications of fully accepting the existence of UFOs.
In the piece, “We Need to Talk About UFOs Again,” Drezner explores the possibility that the UFOs are associated with extraterrestrial life. He specifically notes the vulnerability of humans to superior technology if so.
Drezner, who frequently publishes columns, essays and op-eds, became a contributing blogger at The Washington Post in 2014. In 2011, he published a book, Theories of International Politics and Zombies, which talked about the ways in which different nations and the global community would respond to a zombie outbreak. In 2019, he published a piece, UFOs Exist and You Need to Adjust to That Fact, which prompted significant coverage.
“There has been increasing apprehension on the part of some very smart people about contacting extraterrestrials. In 2010, Stephen Hawking told the Discovery Channel, “If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.” Similarly, physicist Mark Buchanan argued in 2016, “Any civilization detecting our presence is likely to be technologically very advanced, and may not be disposed to treat us nicely.”
Drezner ends on an optimistic note, however, pointing out that aliens might not be hostile and that there could be interstellar relations.