911

Robert Jervis: American Foreign Policy in a New Era

Robert Jervis
2005

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Columbia University political scientist Robert Jervis for a discussion of theory in international relations. Their discussion includes an examination of the Bush Doctrine and the failure of intelligence in the lead up to the Iraq War.

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people5/Jervis/jervis-con0.html

Key Words: Political Scientists, Theory, International Relations, Realism, 911, RIP

Phillip Bobbitt: Terror and Consent: The Wars of the 21st Century

Phillip Bobbitt
2008

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Philip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University. Focusing on the transformation of the state and warfare, Professor Bobbitt offers a new interpretation of terrorism. He explains the emergence of the market state, compares it to the nation state, analyzes the unique features of warfare in the new century, and brings into focus the distinctive qualities of today's terrorism. Professor Bobbitt also describes the challenges posed for national security and offers an agenda for changes that integrate strategy and law....

Philippe Sands: The Rumsfeld Memo and the Betrayal of American Values

Philippe Sands
2008

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes international lawyer Philippe Sands for a discussion of Bush administration policies regarding international law. Sands analyzes the evolution of international law from the Atlantic Charter to the present drawing on research in his two books, "Lawless World," and "Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values." He concludes that war crimes may have been committed after 911 and that key players in the administration are subject to charges not only in the court of world opinion but also in tribunals invoking universal...

John Yoo: The Shaping of a Legal Response to 9/11

John Yoo
2008

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor John Yoo of UC Berkeley for a discussion of Presidential war powers. Professor Yoo analyzes the situation confronting the United States after the 911 attack and explains the development of the legal justifications for the Bush'administration's response. Topics addressed include the memorandum on torture, the interface between law and politics, secrecy and democracy, and the Bush legacy.

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people8/Yoo/...

John Philip Abizaid: The Military in the Post 911 World

John Philip Abizaid
2008

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes General John Abizaid for a discussion of the role of the military in the 21st century. Drawing on his experience as commander of the U.S. Central Command, he discusses the problems confronting the next President in the Middle East. He analyzes the lessons of the Iraq War and reflects on issues such as intelligence, the Geneva Conventions, and the role of military contractors.

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people8/Abizaid/abizaid-con0.html...

John Arquilla: International Relations in the Information Age

John Arquilla
2003

Professor John Arquilla discusses the information revolution and its implications for international politics.

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people3/Arquilla/arquilla-con0.html

Key Words: Political Scientists, Terrorism, Networks, 911, Al Qaeda

Jane Mayer: How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Values

Jane Mayer
2008

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker writer Jane Mayer for a discussion of her new book, The Dark Side. She explains how, under the direction of Vice President Cheney and his Assistant David Addington,the Bush administration, contrary to American history and tradition, implemented a policy of torture and rendition in violation of U.S. and international law. She describes the resistence within the government and the military to these actions. Mayer also offers a compelling account of what happened to detainees under the Cheney/Addington regime. She also analyzes the long...

Edward Alden: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11

Earl Anthony Wayne
2008

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations for a discussion of his new book, "The Closing of the American Border." Alden, former Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times, discusses the Bush administration's response to 9/11 and the consequences for America's commitment to open borders and leadership of globalization. He details how a policy of smart borders and risk management is sacrificed as the bitter debates about immigration policy take center stage.

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Barbara Bodine: Diplomacy and U.S Foreign Policy

Barbara Bodine
2008

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ambassador Barbara Bodine for a discussion of her 30 year career in the foreign service. Topics covered include the work of diplomacy, U.S. policy in the Middle East, the events leading to the first Iraq War, her tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen including the response to the Al Qaeda suicide attack on the USS Cole, and the long term consequences of the militarization of U.S. foreign policy under the Bush administration.

KEYWORDS: Iraq, Yemen, Nimitz Lecturers.

Antonio M. Taguba: Investigating Military Conduct at Abu Ghraib

Antonio M. Taguba
2008

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Major General Antonio M. Taguba for a discussion of the inquiry into Abu Ghraib. They discuss the relation of the military to the rule of law and the relevance of the Geneva Conventions to the War on Terror. In the discussion, the general analyzes the problems he found at the Abu Ghraib prison and talks about the aftermath of the investigation in Washington and for his career.

KEYWORDS: Torture.