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The Limits of Power and the End of Exceptionalism - Andrew Bacevich

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As American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue, join us for a conversation with Andrew Bacevich, author of The Limits of Power.

Bacevich identifies a profound triple crisis facing America: The economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only; U.S. involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic. These pressing problems threaten all of us, Republicans and Democrats. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: the neglected tradition of realism.

Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. He is the author of The Limits of Power and The New American Militarism, among other books. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic Monthly, the Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.