Mission Failure: America & The World In The Post Cold War Era

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In the decades before the Cold War ended, the United States, like virtually every other country throughout history, used its military power to defend against threats to important American international interests and to the American homeland itself. When the Cold War concluded, however, it embarked on military interventions in places where American interests were not at stake. Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo had no strategic or economic importance for the United States, which intervened in all of them for purely humanitarian reasons. Each such intervention led to efforts to transform the local political and economic systems. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, launched in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, turned into similar missions of transformation, none of which achieved their aims.

Mission Failure describes and explains how such missions came to be central to America's post-Cold War foreign policy, and how they failed. This book shows how American efforts to bring peace, national unity, democracy, and free-market economies to poor, disorderly countries ran afoul of ethnic and sectarian loyalties and hatreds, and how it foundered on the absence of the historical experiences and political habits, skills, and values that Western institutions require.

Michael Mandelbaum, Ph.D. is the Christian A. Herter professor of American foreign policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies where he is also the Chairman of the Department of American Foreign Policy. Dr. Mandelbaum has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, the United States Naval Academy and the Wharton School of Business. He is the author of 10 books and the editor of 12 more on a variety of topics including: American global leadership, nuclear weapons, U.S-Soviet relations and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Mandelbaum has also worked for many years as a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Carnegie scholar. He is a member of the board of advisors of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Dr. Mandelbaum has testified before Congress, and since 1984, he has been the Associate Director of the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program on Relations with the Former Communist World. Dr. Mandelbaum was educated at Yale University, Kings College of Cambridge University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D.

His book, Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.
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By: World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

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