Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 21, 2010.
Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University. A graduate of the U. S. Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1998, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins University.
He has said, “War, we must always remind ourselves, is the continuation of politics by other means. Understanding any war requires first understanding that war’s political basis. What brings the parties into conflict? What are they fighting for?”
His books include The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy, and The Imperial Tense: Problems and Prospects of American Empire. His essays and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The American Conservative, and The New Republic. Bacevich received the inaugural Lannan Literary Award for An Especially Notable Book in 2005 for his book, The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War.[audio:http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.lannan.org/podcasts/andrew-bacevich-100421.mp3|artists=Lannan Readings and Conversations|titles=Andrew Bacevich with David Barsamian]
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