Andrew Bacevich Appears on the Colbert Report. Professor Andrew Bacevich made a guest appearance on the Colbert Report on May 23 to discuss the debate over revision of the Authorization to Use Military Force. Watch the clip.
C-Span Interviews Ambassador Husain Haqqani on US-Pakistan Relations. Ambassador Husain Haqqani was interviewed by C-Span regarding his article, “Breaking Up Is Not Hard to Do: Why the U.S. – Pakistan Allaince Isn’t Worth the Trouble,” which appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of Foreign Affairs. Watch the interview.
Ambassador Husain Haqqani Appears on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Ambassador Husain Haqqani was interviewed on the Daily Show about his new book, Magnificent Delusions, a critique of the relationship between Pakistan and the United States. Watch the interview.
Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI). Changes are afoot with the Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI). GEGI was founded in 2008 as part of the department’s Center for International Relations and the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. In 2013, GEGI became a troika by joining forces with BU’s new Center for Finance, Law, and Policy. In addition, GEGI has added new BU IR assistant professor Cornel Ban as the co-director of GEGI with Kevin Gallagher. In the fall of 2013 GEGI held a joint workshop with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva. This workshop of policy-makers and academic experts assessed the post-financial crisis regime for the global governance of capital flows and drew-up recommendations for reform. GEGI also held a seminar series at BU in the fall semester called “China’s Global Reach” that examined the political economy of China’s growing presence across the world. To learn more about GEGI and to get on its mailing list, see www.bu.edu/gegi.
Ambassador Loftis Joins IR Department. Former U.S. Ambassador Robert. G. Loftis, a specialist in international negotiations and national security policy, joined the IR Department faculty in Fall 2013.Loftis served in the State Department and Foreign Service from 1980 to 2012, where he held a wide variety of assignments, including Acting Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (2010-2012), Senior Adviser for Security Negotiations and Agreements (2004-2007), Ambassador to Lesotho (2001-2004) and Deputy Chief of Mission in Mozambique (1999-2001). From 2007-2009, he was the Deputy Commandant and Senior Adviser for International Affairs of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University, where he also taught Strategic Leadership. In early 2008, Loftis was the lead negotiator for a status of forces agreement with Iraq. He was also the Deputy Executive Director of the Implementation Planning Team for the creation of the Department of Defense’s new Africa Command (AFRICOM).
Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding (Public Affairs, 2013) by Husain Haqqani. The relationship between America and Pakistan is based on mutual incomprehension and always has been. Pakistan—to American eyes—has gone from being a quirky irrelevance, to a stabilizing friend, to an essential military ally, to a seedbed of terror. America—to Pakistani eyes—has been a guarantee of security, a coldly distant scold, an enthusiastic military enabler, and is now a threat to national security and a source of humiliation.
The countries are not merely at odds. Each believes it can play the other—with sometimes absurd, sometimes tragic, results. The conventional narrative about the war in Afghanistan, for instance, has revolved around the Soviet invasion in 1979. But President Jimmy Carter signed the first authorization to help the Pakistani-backed mujahedeen covertly on July 3—almost six months before the Soviets invaded. Americans were told, and like to believe, that what followed was Charlie Wilson’s war of Afghani liberation, in which they remain embroiled to this day. It was not. It was General Zia-ul-Haq’s vicious regional power play.
Husain Haqqani has a unique insight into Pakistan, his homeland, and America, where he was ambassador and is now a professor at Boston University. His life has mapped the relationship of the two countries and he has found himself often close to the heart of it, sometimes in very confrontational circumstances, and this has allowed him to write the story of a misbegotten diplomatic love affair, here memorably laid bare.
“Magnificent Delusions provides a fascinating insider’s account of America’s important but troubled relationship with Pakistan. Ambassador Haqqani’s purpose is not to fix blame, but to explain how two countries that have for 60 years described themselves as allies can nevertheless misunderstand each other thoroughly and repeatedly. Richly-detailed, this skillfully written narrative will enlighten scholars, entrance average readers, and give future diplomats much to contemplate. It is a timely, valuable and objective book.”
Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (Metropolitan Books, 2013) by Andrew J. Bacevich. Bestselling author Andrew Bacevich takes stock of the separation between Americans and their military, tracing its origins to the Vietnam era and exploring its pernicious implications: a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Among the collateral casualties are values once considered central to democratic practice, including the principle that responsibility for defending the country should rest with its citizens.
“Bacevich offers a brilliant critique of an American military system sharply at variance with our democratic republican ideals. Most disturbing is his compelling argument that the fault lies with We the People. A thought-provoking ride.”
-Karl W. Eikenberry, Lieutenant General, U. S. Army (Retired) and former U. S. Ambassador to Afghanistan
The Clash of Globalizations: Essays on the Political Economy of Trade and Development Policy (Anthem Press, 2013) by Kevin P. Gallagher. The Clash of Globalizations presents a series of essays on the political economy of trade and development policy. This book explores the factors that have led to twenty-first-century trade politics being characterized as a “clash of globalizations.”
“This is a ‘big picture’ book about the world economy, rooted in a detailed study of the institutions and norms that affect cross-border transactions, especially those of developing countries. Put it on your reading list if you are interested in the governance of the world economy, and also if you are interested in reforming the teaching of economics away from the current curriculum dominated by mathematical technique and towards topics from institutional economics, political science and sociology.”
-Robert H. Wade, Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science
Wronged by Empire: Post-Imperial Ideology and Foreign Policy in India and China (Studies in Asian Security) (Stanford University Press, 2013) by Manjari Chaterjee Miller. Although India and China have very different experiences of colonialism, they respond to that history in a similar way—by treating it as a collective trauma. As a result they have a strong sense of victimization that affects their foreign policy decisions even today.
Wronged by Empire breaks new ground by blending this historical phenomenon, colonialism, with mixed methods—including archival research, newspaper data mining and a new statistical method of content analysis—to explain the foreign policy choices of India and China: two countries that are continuously discussed but very rarely rigorously compared. By reference to their colonial past, Miller explains their puzzling behavior today. For example, she demonstrates why in important cases (such as India going nuclear in 1998 or China’s fraught relationship with Japan) their foreign policy behavior is not consistent with the security explanations that are dominant in international relations.
“Manjari Chatterjee Miller’s Wronged by Empire is a pathbreaking study of the effects of the bitter history of imperial victimhood on the foreign policy of Asia’s two rising great powers. This book is an important contribution to both international relations theory and Asian studies.”
-Thomas J. Christensen, William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director, China and the World Program, Princeton University