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Harry Kreisler is executive producer and host of the series, which is produced at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California - Berkeley. Conceived in 1982 by Mr. Kreisler as a way to capture and preserve through conversation and technology the intellectual ferment of our times, Conversations with History includes over 450 interviews.
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These interviews were made possible by support from the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California.

AbizaidJohn Philip Abizaid; U.S. Army, (ret.), Commander of the U.S. Central Command (2003-2007): "The Military in the Post-9/11 World," 3/12/08

AliTariq Ali; Editor, New Left Review: "Pakistan," 9/26/08

ArbatovAlexey G. Arbatov; Member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation: "Making Foreign Policy in Democratic Russia," 3/4/03

ArquillaJohn Arquilla; Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey: "International Relations in the Information Age," 3/17/03

AthertonAlfred L. Atherton; Former U.S. Ambassador at Large, Middle East; and former Director General of the Foreign Service: "The Peace Process in the Middle East"," 2/28/86

BacevichAndrew J. Bacevich; Professor of International Relations and Director, Center for International Relations, Boston University: "The Military and U.S. Foreign Policy," 5/9/05

BaerBaer, Robert; author and former CIA operative: "Dealing with Iran," 7/28/09
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BenhabibSeyla Benhabib; Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Yale University: "Philosophic Iterations, Cosmopolitanism, and the 'Right to Rights'," 3/18/04

H.SmithStephen D. Biddle; Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations: "Military Victory in the Information Age," 1/27/06; and "Strategy and the Iraq War," 11/26/07
 (2006) (2007)

Bobbitt Phillip Bobbitt; Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University: "Terror and Consent: The Wars for the 21st Century," 5/2/08

Bodine Barbara Bodine; U.S. Ambassador to Yemen (1997-2001): "Diplomacy and U.S. Foreign Policy," 5/2/08


Boot Max Boot; Olin Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York: "Small Wars and U.S. Foreign Policy," 3/12/03; and, "Revolutions in Military Affairs and the War on Terror," 11/6/06
 (2003)  (2006)

BrahimiLakhdar Brahimi ; UN Special Envoy: "Negotiating," 4/5/05

Castells Manuel Castells; Professor of Sociology and City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley: "Identity and Change in the Network Society," 5/9/01

ChandaNayan Chanda; Director of Publications at the Center for the Study of Globalization, Yale University: "How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization," 5/16/07

CholletDerek Chollet and James Goldgeier; Center for New American Security and Council on Foreign Relations: "American Foreign Policy from 11/9 to 9/11," 9/25/08

Chua Amy Chua; Professor of Law, Yale University; Author of World on Fire: "The Moment of Empire," 11/16/07

ClarkeJonathan Clarke; Foreign Policy Scholar, The Cato Institute: "The Neo-Conservatives," 4/4/05

Danner Mark Danner; Journalist and Staff Writer a the New Yorker: "Truth, Power, and the Iraq Debacle," 7/27/07

EichengreenBarry Eichengreen; Economic Historian, UCB: "Historical Perspective on the Global Economic Crisis," 01/22/09

EizenstatStuart E. Eizenstat; Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury: "Politics, Law, and the Search for 'Imperfect Justice'," 4/30/03

FarerTom Farer; Dean, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver: "International Law and Human Rights," 4/19/00

FergusonNiall Ferguson; John Herzog Professor of Financial History, New York University: "Money and Power," 11/3/03; and, as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University: "The War of the World," 10/19/06, "The Ascent of Money," 10/22/08
 (2003)  (2006)

GelbLeslie Gelb; President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations: "Power, Ideas and Foreign Policy in the 21st Century," 04/3/09

Fawaz A. Gerges Fawaz A. Gerges; Christian A. Johnson Chair in Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College: "Inside Muslim Militancy,” 8/29/2007

HaasErnst B. Haas; Robson Research Professor of Government, UC Berkeley: "Science and Progress in International Relations," 10/30/00

HabibPhilip Habib; diplomat: "The Work of Diplomacy," 5/14/82

HansonVictor Davis Hanson; Senior Felllow, Hoover Institution: "Iraq and the Lessons of the Peloponnesian War," 3/14/06

Huntington John Hulsman: Senior Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (Berlin): Ethical Realism and U.S. Foreign Policy," 10/25/06 (with Anatol Lieven)

HuntingtonSamuel P. Huntington; Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and Director, Center for International Affairs, Harvard: "The Problem of Strategy," 3/29/85

JervisRobert Jervis; Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University: "American Foreign Policy in a New Era," 11/17/05

Joffe Joffe, Josef; Editor and Publisher, Die Zeit:
"Power and Culture in International Affairs," 1/20/00  2000,  2000;
"Alliance Lost: The U.S. and Europe in a Unipolar World," 4/4/03  2003;
"The U.S. and Europe after the Iraq War,"
4/12/04  2004;
"The Imperial Temptation of America," 10/22/07 2007

JohnsonChalmers Johnson; President, Japan Policy Research Institute: "Militarism and the American Empire," 1/29/04
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JonesA. Elizabeth Jones; Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia: "U.S. Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change after 9/11," 10/22/02

KhalilzadAmb. Zalmay Khalilzad; U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2003-2005, Iraq 2005-2007, and the United Nations(2007-2008): "Responding to Strategic Challenges Post 9-11," 05/12/09

KeohaneRobert O. Keohane; James B. Duke Professor of Political Science, Duke University: "Theory and International Institutions," 3/9/04

Khanna Parag Khanna; Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation: ”Global Competition and the Rise of the Second World,” 03/21/08

SandsJeremy Kinsman; Diplomat-in-Residence, Princeton University: "Diplomacy," 11/21/08

KohHarold Hongju Koh; Professor of International Law, Yale University: "Transnational Legal Process and World Order," 10/3/03

Krasner Stephen D. Krasner; Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, Stanford University: "Sovereignty*," 3/31/03; "System Change or More of the Same," 10/29/2007;
 (2003) (2007)

Leonard Mark Leonard; Executive Director, European Council on Foreign Relations: "What Does China Think?" 5/12/08

LewisSamuel Lewis; Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and President of the U.S. Peace Institute: "Reflections on the Work of Diplomacy and the Peace Process," 11/15/88

LievenAnatol Lieven; Senior Fellow, New America Foundation: "Ethical Realism and U.S. Foreign Policy" (with John Hulsman), 10/25/06

LiftonRobert Jay Lifton, M.D.; Psychiatrist and author: "Evil, the Self, and Survival," 11/2/99

LundestadGeir Lundestad; Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Commission: "The Nobel Peace Prize and International Relations," 9/20/05

LuttwakEdward Luttwak; Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University: "Strategy," 3/10/87; "The Logic of Strategy and U.S. Foreign Policy," 11/05/07
 (1987) (2007)

LymanPrinceton Lyman; Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations: "U.S. Foreign Policy and Globalization," 2/28/02; and "A Strategic U.S. Approach to Africa," 2/16/06
 (2002)  (2006)

MahbubaniKishore Mahbubani; Dean, Lee Kuan Yee School of Public Policy, Singapore: "America and the World," 3/12/05; "The Rise of Asia and the Decline of the West,” 2/22/08
 (2005) (2008)

MatlockJack Matlock; former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union: "Collapse of Soviet Union and End of the Cold War," 2/13/97

RashidJane Mayer; Staff Writer, The New Yorker: "How the War on Terror Turned into A War on American Values," 8/8/08

Mead Walter Russell Mead; Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations: "U.S. Foreign Policy and the American Political Tradition," 2/25/03;  (2003)
"American Grand Strategy in a World at Risk," 5/10/04; [2004 video unavailable]
"Britain and America and the Making of the Modern World," 10/23/07; (2007)

Mearsheimer John Mearsheimer; R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago: "Through the Realist Lens," 4/8/02; and "Domestic Politics and International Relations," 9/19/07 (with Steve Walt)
 (2002)  (2007)

NachtMichael Nacht; Dean and Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley: "Changing Paradigms in National Security Policy," 1/9/03

NewsomAmbassador David D. Newsom; former Undersecretary of State: "Reflections of a Diplomat," 6/11/02

NyeJoseph S. Nye, Jr.; Professor and Dean of JFK School of Government, Harvard: "Theory and Practice in International Relations," 4/8/98

OrenMichael B. Oren; Historian and Writer; Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center, Jerusalem: "War in History and in Fiction," 11/8/05

PapeRobert A. Pape; Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago: "The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism," 2/16/06

ParsiTrita Parsi; Adjunct Professor of International Relations, School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University: "Iran, Israel, and the United States," 11/30/07

PatrickStewart Patrick; Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations: "Building a Multilateral International Order," 04/3/09

Power Samantha Power; Professor, Kennedy School, Harvard University: "Chasing the Flame," 2/26/08

SandsPhilippe Sands; Professor of International Law, University College London: "The Rumsfeld Memo and the Betrayal of American Values," 11/18/08

ScalapinoRobert A. Scalapino; Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus, UC Berkeley: "Reflections on a Life as Scholar, Teacher, and Policy Advisor," 4/21/08

SchwenningerSherle R. Schwenninger; New America Foundation: "Grand Strategy and American Triumphalism," 2/9/04

Scott Peter Dale Scott; Professor Emeritus of English, UC Berkeley: "Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America," 8/8/07

ShattuckJohn Shattuck; Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Library Foundation: "Inching Forward: Human Rights Policy in the Clinton Administration," 1/13/04

Slezkine Yuri Slezkine; Professor of History, UCB: "The Jewish Century," 07/18/07

H.SmithHarold Palmer Smith, Jr., Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley: "Thinking about the 'Unthinkables' in the Post-9/11 World," 1/26/06

SteelRonald Steel; Professor of International Relations, USC : "The Wilsonian Agenda of U.S. Foreign Policy," 3/1/004

TarnoffPeter Tarnoff; former Undersecretary of State; former President, Council on Foreign Relations: "Foreign Policy in a Democracy," 10/13/99

TelhamiShibley Telhami; Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, U of Maryland, College Park: "U.S. Foreign Policy and the Search for Peace in the Middle East," 11/8/01

UrquhartSir Brian Urquhart; former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations: "A Life in Peace and War," 3/19/96

WaltStephen M. Walt; Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Kennedy School, Harvard University: "Balancing American Power in the Post-9/11 World," 11/15/05; and, "Domestic Policy and International Relations," 9/19/07
 (2007)

WaltzKenneth Waltz; Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Columbia University "Theory and International Politics," 2/10/03

WeberSteven Weber; Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley: "Power in the Information Age," 4/28/03

YooJohn Yoo; Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley: "The Shaping of a Legal Response to 9/11," 1/24/08

ZinniGeneral Anthony Zinni; U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) and former Commander in Chief of the Central Command: "The Military's Role in a Changing World," 3/6/01

ZumwaltElmo R. Zumwalt, Jr.; Admiral, USN (Ret.), Chief of Naval Operations (1970-74): "Recollections from a Military Career," 3/14/89


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