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Andrew Bacevich: 'A nation shaped by history'

The Boston University professor talks about whether Washington matters as much as it thinks it does in the Middle East.

Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 16:19
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Andrew Bacevich is a professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. He is also the chair of International Relations at the University.

We are [a] nation shaped by history, not shaping history.

Andrew Bacevich, Boston University professor

A former US army colonel, Bacevich served in the army for over two decades.

Bacevich’s areas of specialisation include American diplomatic and military history, US foreign policy and security studies. He has previously taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins.

His latest book, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, has just been published.

His previous books include Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War; The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism; and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of US Diplomacy.

He spoke to Empire about US exceptionalism, its strategy in the Middle East, and whether Washington matters as much as it thinks it does in the Middle East. 

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