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 Walter Russell
Mead, who is the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy
at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a leading interpreter of the history
of U.S. foreign policy and America's role in the world. He is winner of
the Lionel Gelber prize for his book Special
Providence: American Foreign Policy and How it Changed the World.
He is also the author of Mortal Splendor: The American Empire in
newest book is Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America's Grand
Strategy in a World at Risk.
- Foreign Policy after 9/11: Overview
... watershed event ... beginning the long-term debate
- Millennial Capitalism ... economic
changes of the 90s ... Fordism (New Deal) ... limited choices ... "experts"
and stability ... deregulation ... globalization ... effect on world's perception
of America ... effect on national elites ... change of ideas within groups
- The American Project ... favorable
trade balance ... managing great power status ... paying attention to the
rest of the world's needs ... role of leaders ... Clinton and Bush similarities
... unilateralism vs. multilateralism ... examples: Kyoto Protocol and International
Criminal Court ...
- American Individualism ... Fordist
"interest-bloc" society fades ... American exceptionalism ... high
tolerance for capitalism ... opportunity vs. equality ... political force
of Evangelical Christians ... distrust of multilateral institutions ... individual
moral sense trumps institutionalism ... Jacksonian influence
- Grand Strategy ... balancing foreign
and domestic ideals ... reviving containment ... combatting fanatic ideology
... making millennial capitalism less painful for the rest of the world ...
creative ideas ... evaluating the GW Bush administration
- The American Foreign Policy Debate
... patience required ... need for historical perspective
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