Bacevich Interviewed for Premier Question of the Week Podcast

Andrew Bacevich, Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was the premier guest on BU Today‘s new podcast “Question of the Week,” on which he discussed the impact of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States

In the episode, BU Today asks Bacevich: 20 years after 9/11, is the U.S more or less vulnerable to another attack? He remarks on the state of American security and President Joe Biden’s decision to pull troops from Afghanistan. In his comments, Bacevich noted that, “we are less vulnerable to terrorism; we are far more vulnerable to threats that actually are far more dangerous than terrorism,” such as climate change. The Cold War had shaped U.S. foreign policy for decades and there was an assumption in the U.S. that it had “won,” so “when that danger appeared on 9/11, it came as not simply a surprise, but a shock to the system, because the events of 9/11 seem to refute what we understood to be the implications of the Cold War ending as it had ended.”

Listen to the full podcast below.

Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. 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 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. Read more about Professor Bacevich on his faculty profile.