U.S Foreign Policy

Mark Danner: Truth, Power, and the Iraq Debacle

Mark Danner

Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes writer Mark Danner for a discussion of the Iraq War and foreign policy in the Bush administration. Informed by history, Danner's analysis includes comparison of Bush and Reagan, draws attention to change in U.S. policy on torture, and examines the options for future U.S. policymakers.

KEYWORDS: Iraq, Torture.

Leslie H. Gelb: Power, Ideas and Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Leslie H. Gelb

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Leslie H. Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion of his new book "Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy." Gelb analyzes what power is, demonstrates how most American leaders fail to understand it, and explains how the demons of ideology, domestic politics, and arrogance lead to its misuse. Gelb also examines two problems--the international economic crisis and the Afghanistan Pakistan crisis and offers suggestions to President Obama about how he should proceed to avoid the pitfalls...

Leon Panetta: Leadership, Values, and the Changing Nature of Politics

Leon Panetta

In this episode, former Congressman Leon Panetta joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler to talk about the interplay of principles and leadership in the making of public policy,

KEYWORDS: Politics, Defense Department, Intelligence.

Leon Fuerth: Thinking about the Future

Leon Fuerth

Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Leon Fuerth, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Gore, for a discussion of how to think about the future in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.

KEYWORDS: Futurology, Separation of Powers, Intelligence.

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.

William Pfaff: The End of the Cold War

William Pfaff

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes author and columnist William Pfaff for a discussion of U.S. foreign policy, U.S.- European relations and the end of the Cold War. Pfaff reflects on his intellectual odyssey and comments on the role of the press in shaping U.S.opinion toward world politics.

KEYWORDS: American Century.

Walter Russell Mead: U.S. Foreign Policy and the American Political Tradition

Walter Russell Mead

Historian and author Walter Russell Mead, in a conversation with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler explores the ideas that have shaped and defined U.S. foreign policy throughout American history.

KEYWORDS: American Century.

Tom Wicker: The Presidency, the Press, and the Cold War

Tom Wicker

In this 1983 interview, Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes one of America's most distinguished journalists Tom Wicker for a discussion of the Presidency and the media at the height of the Cold War.

KEYWORDS: Soviet Union, Kennedy, Political Education, Cuban Missile Crisis, Presidents.

Juan Cole: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy

Juan Cole

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Historian Juan Cole for a discussion of U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. He also explores the importance of religion in understanding events in Iran and Iraq and he addresses the impact of the communications revolution on his own work as a scholar involved in the policy debate.

KEYWORDS: Religion

John Mearsheimer: Through the Realist Lens

John Mearsheimer

On this episode of Conversations with History, author and University of Chicago professor John J. Mearsheimer joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler to discuss the Realist theory of international relations and its implications for understanding the U.S. role in the world, future relations with China, and our response to the terrorist threat.


Key Words: Political Scientists, Theory,...