Max Boot: Revolutions in Military Affairs and the War on Terror

Max Boot

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes military analyst Max Boot for a discussion of his new book, War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History 1500 to Today. He offers his reflections on the Afghanistan War, the Iraq War and the 2006 Lebanon War in light of his historical analysis. He also evaluates the successes and failures of the Bush Administration.

KEYWORDS: Technology, Iraq, Nimitz Lecturers.

Lakhdar Brahimi: Negotiating

Lakhdar Brahimi

Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Special Envoy and former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, joins Conversations host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of the obstacles and challenges confronting negotiators in their efforts to resolve conflict. He discusses the lessons of Afghanistan and offers his reflections on the future of multilateral diplomacy.

KEYWORDS: United Nations, Negotiating.

Khaled Ahmed: Pakistan and Islamic Fundamentalism

Khaled Ahmed

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler is joined by guest Khaled Ahmed, one of the best known political analysts writing in the Pakistani press, to discuss Pakistan and Islamic Fundamentalism.

KEYWORDS: Pakistan, South Asia.

Zalmay Khalilzad: Responding to Strategic Challenges in the Post 911 World

Zalmay Khalilzad

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad for a discussion of the interplay between theory and practice in shaping national security policy. Ambassador Khalilzad reflects on the strategic challenges confronting U.S. policymakers after the end of the Cold War; he describes the difficulties facing the U.S. as it makes the Afghanistan/Pakistan crisis its top strategic priority eight years after the post 9-11 Afghanistan War; and he highlights the need for the U.S. to complement its military power with diplomacy and development aid. Ambassador...

Karl Eikenberry: Force and Diplomacy

Karl Eikenberry

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Karl Eikenberry, who commanded coalition forces in Afghanistan and served as U.S. Ambassador there. Reflecting on his career as soldier and diplomat, Ambassador Eikenberry recalls his formative experiences and compares the skill set and challenges of the two postings. He evaluates the volunteer military force, analyzes the situation in Afghanistan as the US stands down, describes the problems posed by exit strategies after intervention, and reflects on the implications of the rise of China and the US pivot toward Asia.

Steve Coll: The Rise of Al Qaeda

Steve Coll

Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Steve Coll, Pulitzer prize winning author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden for a discussion of how the superpower conflict in the last stages of the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy before and after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the political dynamics of South Asia created the setting in which Islamic terrorism took root and flourished.

Samantha Power: Chasing the Flame

Samantha Power

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard Professor Samantha Power for a discussion of her new book, "Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World." The conversation focuses on the lessons of De Mello's life for understanding the challenges confronting world order in the 21st century.

Key Words: Law, United Nations, Diplomacy, Humanitarian...

Rory Stewart: The Places in Between

Rory Stewart

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Rory Stewart, Member of the British Parliament,for a discussion of his remarkable odyssey. Reflecting on his background and drawing on his work as a diplomat, soldier, explorer, provincial governor, policy advisor, university research fellow, director of an NGO, and parliamentarian, he describes what he has learned from these multiple experiences. Analyzing the failure of intervention by the West in Iraq and Afghanistan, he focuses on the contradictions between the abstract theories that guide Western policy and the social structures, the geography and history...

Pamela Constable: Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pamela Constable

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Pamela Constable of the Washington Post for a discussion of changes in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 911. She analyzes the 2008 Pakistan election and its implications for U.S. Pakistan relations and describes the renewal of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

Key Words: Journalists, Pakistan, Afghanistan

James Dobbins: Nation Building

James Dobbins

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ambassador James Dobbins for a discussion of the problem of failed states. He compares the record of the United States and the United Nations in addressing the problem, analyzes the aftermath of the Iraq War, and suggests policy choices the future.

Key Words: Diplomacy, Nation Building, Afghanistan, Democratization