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The Neo-Conservatives: Conversation with Jonathan Clarke, Foreign Policy Scholar, The Cato Institute; April 4, 2005, by Harry Kreisler

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 Jonathan Clarke who is a former British diplomat, now a foreign policy scholar of the Cato Institute. book coverHe is co-author with Stefan Halper of America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order.

  1. Background ... raised in Hong Kong ... early interest in international affairs
  2. Being a Diplomat ... early goal ... dual responsibilities ... understanding the culture and language ... danger of "clientitis" ... case study: independence movement of Zimbabwe
  3. The Neo-Conservative Movement ... successful diplomatic methods abandoned ... four features of neo-conservatism ... the power of 9/11 for neo-conservatives
  4. Early History of Neo-Conservatives ... origins in the anti-communist left ... intellectual impact of precision weaponry ... linking American power to American ideals ... war as a tool of ideology ... disappointment with Reagan
  5. Recent History of Neo-Conservatives ... ambitious new generation ... aggressive Middle East policy ... 9/11 as an excuse to intervene
  6. Failure of American Pluralism ... the perfect storm ... false national discourse ... energetic opponent in Howard Dean ... restoring the balance ... Bush administration's own constructive steps ... Europe ... China ... possible new consensus in Washington
  7. The Problem of Terrorism ... misperception as state-focused ... taking advantage of positive developments in Middle East ... Saudi Arabia
  8. Conclusion ... foreign policy affects all

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