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.
Andrew J. Bacevich is the President of the Quincy Institute. He is a graduate of West Point, a retired Army colonel, and Vietnam war veteran. He is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at the Boston University, and author, co-author, or editor of more than a dozen books, among them: The New American Militarism (2005), The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008), Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010), America’s War for the Greater Middle East (2016), and his latest, The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory (January 2020).
Stephen Wertheim is Deputy Director of Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He is also a Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. Wertheim is the author of Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy (Harvard University Press, 2020) and has published scholarly articles on such topics as grand strategy, international law, world organization, and humanitarian intervention. He regularly writes about current events in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He received a PhD in History from Columbia in 2015.