Stephen Kinzer, Author, Journalist and Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, spoke on the topic, New Direction or More of the Same? American Foreign Policy over the Next Four Years. Change is coming! A new administration in Washington seems set to break decisively with cruel and cynical policies of the last four years. But although we can look forward to major changes in environmental, energy, labor, and education policies, will there also be changes in our foreign policy? America’s desire to dominate the world is deep and longstanding, yet it saps our ability to meet urgent challenges at home. President Biden will have to decide whether to pursue the “hegemony” project or try to reimagine the way the United States deals with the rest of the world.
Kinzer is the author of 10 books including The True Flag, The Brothers, Overthrow and All the Shah’s Men. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as the New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. He currently writes a world affairs column for the Boston Globe. Kinzer spoke to us twice previously, in October of 2006 on the topic Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change and in November of 2009 on the topic Rwanda: From Genocide to Star of Africa? He lives in Boston.