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American Power after the Berlin Wall

Recorded on January 31, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

American Power after the Berlin Wall traces the global projection of U.S. military power and political influence from the end of the Cold War to the present through the prism of America's interventions around the world.  Along with summarizing the Soviet Union's disintegration, Henriksen narrates the ascendancy and reach of Washington's global power in a string of conflicts from the Persian Gulf War to Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and the Iraq War.  He portrays U.S. policies of intervention, regime change, and even humanitarian assistance as responses to rogue states, civil strife, and militant Islam.  And, he analyzes the transformation from Washington's stability-first policies to its democracy promotion agenda in the Middle East, which threatens this crucial region with instability, necessitating a new grand strategy to confront terrorism and religiously motivated conflict.

Thomas Henriksen is a Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and the U.S. Joint Special Operations University.  He is also a Trustee of the George C. Marshall Foundation.  He specializes in U.S. foreign policy, defense issues, and counter-terrorism.  He has written and lectured widely on international affairs, political change, and "rogue states" and has authored or edited twelve books or monographs and numerous articles.