American Security Policy in a Historical Light

Since the end of Cold War, scholars have been seeking new models to explain the American foreign policy of our time. But although the United States does have enormous room for manoeuvre in the 21st century, it barely has a blank sheet on which to write a new foreign policy. In this lecture, Walter Russell Mead will present a historical lens for analyzing US foreign policy in the future. Mead’s analysis is based on the past 200 years of American foreign policy and consists of four schools of thought personified in Hamilton, Jefferson, Jackson and Wilson. The balance among these four schools has shifted over time, usually in response to external challenges. Therefore, it is crucial to understand these four historical schools of thoughts if we are to understand future American reactions to foreign policy challenges.

14.15-14.30 Introduction by Helle Porsdam, Professor of History, Saxo-instituttet, KU
14.30-15.15 Walter Russell Mead: American Security Policy in a Historical Light.

15.15-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-16.15 Discussion

Pratical Information.
The lecture will take place at
Department of Political Science
”Frokoststuen” 4.2.26
University of Copenhagen
Øster Farimagsgade  5a
DK-1353 Copenhagen K

The conference will be held in English

Everybody is welcome and participation is free of charge

Walter Russell Mead
Mr. Mead is the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and one of the country’s leading scholars of American foreign policy. His book, Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001), was widely praised by reviewers, historians, and diplomats as an important study that will change the way Americans and others think about American foreign policy. Among several honors and prizes, Special Providence received the Lionel Gelber Award for the best international relations book in English in 2002.

Mr. Mead writes regularly on international affairs for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper’s, and Esquire. He serves as a regular reviewer of books for Foreign Affairs and frequently appears on national and international radio and television programs. In 1997, he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in the category of essays and criticism.