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TIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Wednesday 8th June 2016
VENUE: Committee Room 21, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKER: Professor Michael Mandelbaum, Author of ‘Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era’ and Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
In the decades before the Cold War ended the United States, like most other countries throughout history, used its military power to defend against threats to important American international interests or to the American homeland itself. When the Cold War concluded, however, it embarked on military interventions in places where American interests were not at stake. Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo had no strategic or economic importance for the United States, which intervened in all of them for purely humanitarian reasons. Each such intervention led to efforts to transform the local political and economic systems. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, launched in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, turned into similar missions of transformation. None of them achieved its aims. American efforts to bring peace, national unity, democracy, and free-market economies to poor, disorderly countries ran afoul of ethnic and sectarian loyalties and hatreds, and foundered as well on the absence of the historical experiences and political habits, skills, and values that Western institutions require.
By kind invitation of David Amess MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Professor Michael Mandelbaum, Author of ‘Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era’ and Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, who will be discussing discuss the current status of American foreign policy, with special emphasis on what the current presidential campaign may portend for it.
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Professor Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. Professor Mandelbaum has also taught at Harvard and Columbia Universities and at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and served as Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Professor Mandelbaum regularly contributes to publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and served for 23 years as the associate director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Project on American Relations with the Former Communist World. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Washington-based organization sponsoring research and public discussion on American policy toward the Middle East. Professor Mandelbaum is the author or co-author of fifteen books, most recently ‘Mission Failure: American and the World in the Post-Cold War Era’ and has also edited twelve books.