Conversations with History: Institute
of International Studies, UC Berkeley
This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations
with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public
Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.
Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry
Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Max
Boot, who is the Olin Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council
on Foreign Relations in New York, and a contributing editor to the Weekly
Standard. A former writer and feature editor at the Wall Street Journal,
he's the author of The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American
Power. He is the 2003 Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lecturer
on the Berkeley campus.
Joining us in the studio
is Professor Thomas Barnes, who is Professor of Law and History, and Chairman
of the Military Officer's Committee on the Berkeley campus.
- Background ...
influence of parents ... end of the Cold War ... education ... Daily Cal
as introduction to journalism
- Foreign Policy ... early interest
... 9/11 as a wake-up call ... importance of history ... stories of the past
that inform the present ... why some stories not remembered
- Small Wars ... uncovering untold stories
... failure to stop Russian Revolution ... heroic deeds of American wars ...
legacy of different kinds of interventions ... counter to the conventional
thinking of today ... all missions compatible with the American military ethos
... Guide for Small Wars
- Learning the Wrong Lessons from Vietnam
... Powell Doctrine ... new realities ... public education ... fear of casualties
and collateral damage
- The Neoconservatives ... themes ...
threats and need for engagement ... confidence resulting from the defeat of
the Soviet empire ... 9/11 comparable to Pearl Harbor ... intellectual give
and take ... Weekly Standard
- U.S. Foreign Policy in the Post-9/11 World
... preparedness ... powerful combination of idealism and power ... limits
of soft power ... explaining the rejuvenation of Wilsonianism ... adherence
to the rules of power ... problem of undercommitment ... setting priorities
... UN approval ... nature of the terrorist threat ... skillful use of power
as a deterrent
- Conclusion ... up with America
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