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Andrew Bacevich

Andrew Bacevich

Andrew Bacevich
Professor of
International Relations
at Boston University

interview video

in 2012, Andrew Bacevich edited...

The Short American Century
-A Postmortem

Harvard University Press

Recorded Talks

March 25 of 2012, in Medford, Mass

March 22 of 2006 in Roslindale, Mass

Andrew Bacevich
Bacevich was born in 1947 in Normal Illinois in. He graduated West Point 1969, and holds a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton.

As a career officer in the United States Army, he spent a year in Vietnam and later held posts in Germany, the United States, and the Persian Gulf. He retired from the service as a Colonel

He taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty of Boston University, where he also served as Director of B.U.'s Center for International Relations.

His own books on United States foreign policy include...

  • -Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010),
  • -The Limits of Power: The End to American Exceptionalism (2008), and
  • -The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005).

Prof. Bacevich has been a critic of the US occupation of Iraq, calling the conflict a “catastrophic failure.” In 2007 he described George W. Bush’s endorsement of “preventive wars” as “immoral, illicit and imprudent.”

2006 Recording: Ten Points of US Foreign Policy

2006 talk was organized in part, by Stephen Soldz and sponsored by Roslindale Neighbors for Peace, (who also hosted Military Families Speak Out, and The Sorrow of War, The Power of Poetry.) Melida and Carlos Arredondo who had lost their son Alex, and who have since lost their younger son Brian, attended. In May of 2007, Army Officer Andrew Bacevich Junior died fighting in Iraq.

2012 Recording: The American Military After 9-11

Speaking in Medford, Massachusetts in 2012, a few miles from the main campus of Boston University, where since 1998, he has been a Professor of International Relations, the self-described "Catholic conservative” delivers this talk he calls “The American Military After 9-11”. He describes the history of the war formerly known as the global war on terrorism as having gone “Three Rounds” (Rumsfeld, Petraeus, and Vickers) ...with more to come.

Thanks to the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford, Susan ? and Michael Glenn for sponsoring this forum.


Young Andrew Bacevich dies in Iraq (2007)

1st Lt. Andrew J. Bacevich, 27, of Walpole, Mass., died May 13 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat patrol operations in Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.


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COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Edited recordings are copyright Freeman Z. Andrew Bacevich Photo is courtesy of Boston University.