Andrew J. Bacevich

Chair, International Relations
Professor, International Relations and History

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BS, United States Military Academy
MA, PhD, Princeton

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Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the US Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. In the fall of 2014, Bacevich will teach a… Read more

Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the US Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. In the fall of 2014, Bacevich will teach a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled “War for the Greater Middle East” on the edX platform.

Bacevich is the author of Breach of Trust:  How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (2013). His previous books include Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010); The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008); The Long War: A New History of US National Security Policy since World War II (2007) (editor); The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005); and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy (2002). His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications, including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers.

In 2004, Dr. Bacevich was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He has also held fellowships at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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  • Foreign Policy Expert Andrew Bacevich On the Limits Of U.S. Power Abroad

    July 3, 2014

    WBUR “Radio Boston” Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences In 2002, before U.S. forces rolled north to Baghdad, Andrew Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, warned that the Bush administration’s grand scheme to remake the Arab world was a tremendous risk… Listen to audio of expert Andrew Bacevich

  • Military Historian Andrew Bacevich On Iraq Crisis

    June 29, 2014

    Huffington Post Live Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences View video of expert Andrew Bacevich

  • Iraq in turmoil: What should the U.S. do next?

    June 27, 2014

    Al Jazeera America Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences View video of expert Andrew Bacevich

  • No US airstrikes in Iraq without national unity government

    June 25, 2014

    Deutsche Welle Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences US Secretary of State John Kerry has ruled out airstrikes against the rapidly advancing Islamist State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) unless Baghdad forms a more inclusive government, upping the political pressure on Nouri al-Maliki to work with the Sunnis and Kurds, or step aside as […]

  • Concerns Rise As Conflict Rages In Iraq

    June 24, 2014

    NPR “Here & Now” Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up a second day of talks in Iraq with a visit to the autonomous Kurdish region in the northern part of the country. Kerry is working on the diplomatic effort to stem the tide of ISIS, the Sunni […]

  • Extended interview: Andrew Bacevich

    June 23, 2014

    PBS “Moyers & Company” Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences View video of expert Andrew Bacevich

  • Chaos in Iraq

    June 23, 2014

    PBS “Moyers & Company” Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences The escalating bloodbath in Iraq has triggered renewed debate on how muscular America’s foreign policy should be. Speaking about the crisis on Thursday, President Obama said that the US is ready for “targeted and precise military action” against advancing Islamists if needed, adding that […]

  • Vietnam & Iraq compared

    June 19, 2014

    CNN Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences View video of expert Andrew Bacevich

  • Pulling America back in

    June 19, 2014

    New York Daily News By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences The Iraq War did not end when the last U.S. troops finally departed over eight years after they first arrived in 2003. Instead, the war continued, albeit absent further direct American participation. In that sense, President Obama’s insistence back in December 2011 that […]

  • Back to Iraq: The Return of the Vulcans

    June 17, 2014

    Time Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences L. Paul Bremer, who ran Iraq in 2003 and 2004 as President Bush’s envoy, is suggesting what the U.S. should do there on the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page and CNN… Expert quote: “Their view of history, to my mind, is badly distorted if not simply false, but it is […]

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