America in the Middle East: Alliances and War

THU, MAY 26, 2016 (00:00)

Is U.S. military policy to blame for the current instability in the Middle East? From a proxy war in Yemen to an ongoing civil war in Syria, a number of conflicts have shaken traditional alignments in the Middle East to their core. New York Times bestselling author Andrew Bacevich discusses what the U.S. can do to secure its interests in the region. Prior to becoming Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Dr. Bacevich served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Based on his expertise in the topic and insights from his book America’s War for the Greater Middle East (2016), he outlines the various traditional alliances in the Middle East and how American engagement has influenced decision making in the region. (Image: U.S. Naval War College (120612-N-LE393-170) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

+ BIO: Andrew Bacevich

Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the US Military Academy, he received his Ph. D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1998, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bacevich is the author of The Limits of Power: American Exceptionalism (2008). His previous books include American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy (2002), The Imperial Tense: Problems and Prospects of American Empire (2003) (editor), The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005), and The Long War: A New History of US National Security Policy since World War II (2007) (editor). His essays and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The American Conservative, and The New Republic . His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, among other newspapers. In 2004, Dr. Bacevich was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He has also been a fellow of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.