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Iraq and American military power topic of lecture Jan. 11

01/03/2007

Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University and author of The New American Militarism, will speak on "Iraq and the Limits of American Military Power" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in Room 100 of the art building.

Bacevich, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and later held posts in Germany, the United States and the Persian Gulf. He retired from the Army in the 1990s with the rank of Colonel.

Prior to joining the faculty of Boston University, where he served as director of the Center for International Relations until 2005, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins University.

His book The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War was published in 2005; other recent books include American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy (2002) and The Imperial Tense: Problems and Prospects of American Empire (2003).

Recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Moncado Prize given by the Society for Military History, he was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and has also been a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Bacevich, self-described as a social conservative, argues that American foreign policy in the post Cold War era relied too often on military power rather than diplomacy to achieve its foreign policy aims.

His talk is part of the Grayson Kirk lecture series sponsored by Miami's international studies program. For more information, contact Charles Stevens at stevencj@muohio.edu.

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