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Saturday, October 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
American Power: The Series Finale

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Is America destined to become a second-rate power in the world? The answer is almost certainly yes, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Andrew Bacevich, historian and professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University, offers fresh insights into the intellectual and military history of modern US foreign policy in Twilight of the American Century. He advises that US leaders on the left and right abandon the conceit of global leadership and instead focus on repairing our democracy. Harvard international affairs professor Stephen Walt concurs. His take, offered in The Hell of Good Intentions, is that a stubborn commitment to spreading democracy and open markets worldwide is at the root of our foreign policy failures. The one to repudiate those policies has been Donald Trump, but his flawed understanding of world affairs is only making things worse. Join two experts on foreign policy for an analysis and some prescriptions for managing the decline of American power, moderated by Anthony Brooks, senior political reporter for WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station.

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Anthony Brooks

Anthony Brooks has more than thirty years of experience in public radio, whether as a producer, editor, reporter, or WBUR and NPR host/co-host (Radio Boston, On Point, Here & Now). He is the recipient of numerous broadcast awards including the Edward R. Murrow Regional Broadcasters... Read More →

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Andrew Bacevich

Andrew Bacevich is a longtime historian and public intellectual. A professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University, Bacevich specializes in security studies, American foreign policy, and American diplomatic and military history. His work has appeared... Read More →
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Stephen Walt

Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the former Academic Dean from 2002 to 2006. He is also a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, co-chair of the editorial board of International... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116