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Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post–Cold War Era

Oxford University Press, 2016
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Date and Time
April 20, 2016 12 - 1:30 PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium
Featuring the author Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; with comments by Keir Lieber, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; and Brad Stapleton, Visiting Research Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by John Mueller, Senior Research Scientist, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University, and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

Please join us as Michael Mandelbaum—prominent columnist and author, and a leading foreign‐​policy thinker—discusses his new book, Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post–Cold War Era. In this definitive work, Mandelbaum critically assesses American military interventions since the end of the Cold War and the deeply flawed post–Cold War efforts to promote American values and American institutions throughout the world. Each intervention was designed to transform local economic and political systems, and each, argues Mandelbaum, failed. It is, he writes, “the story of good, sometimes noble, and thoroughly American intentions coming up against the deeply embedded, often harsh, and profoundly un‐​American realities of places far from the United States.” In these encounters, he concludes, “the realities prevailed.” We hope you will be able to join us for what will be a provocative and highly illuminating event.