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The Quincy Institute proudly invites you to join a conversation with Stephen Wertheim, Deputy Director of Research and Policy, and Andrew Bacevich, President, to celebrate the release of Wertheim’s book Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy.
For most of its history, the United States avoided making military commitments that would entangle it in European-style power politics. Then, suddenly, it conceived a new role for itself as the world’s armed superpower — and never looked back.
In Tomorrow, the World, Stephen Wertheim reveals that American leaders made a conscious decision for global dominance. In just eighteen months before the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into the Second World War, US officials and intellectuals decided not only to enter the war but also to enforce “world order” in perpetuity.
That decision lives on today, but it has outlived its reason for being. In the 21st century, attempting to dominate the world by force has left the United States with endless war and little prospect for peace, as Wertheim argued in the New York Times.
Bacevich has just finished writing a book on the US national security state after the pandemic. He and Wertheim will discuss how to change America’s role in the world today in light of its past.
The discussion will take place on Tuesday, November 10, at 1:30 pm ET.