Michael Sullivan discusses his book, the American Adventurism Abroad, on how the United States, over the past 60 years, encompassing both the Cold War and the “war on terror,” came to succeed the earlier European imperial powers as arbiter of the international economic system. He compares the current expansionist policies of the United States with those of earlier empires, and makes judgments about the outcome of those activities. He tells us how the two rubrics of “fighting communism” and “war against terrorism” are essentially cover stories for a policy of global power projection in pursuit of world hegemony. Professor Sullivan talks about American neo-colonialism in the Western Hemisphere during the era of gunboat diplomacy, how America’s hostile reactions to the 1979 events in Iran and Afghanistan drove the creation of America’s expanding Middle East, the not so clear identity and objectives of NATO today, and more.
Michael J. Sullivan III is Professor of History and Politics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he is the author of Measuring Global Values: The Ranking of 162 Countries, and Comparing State Polities: A Framework for Analyzing 100 Governments, and of articles on arms control and nuclear non-proliferation in journals such as International Organization, Journal of International Studies, and Strategic Digest. Professor Sullivan has received research grants or fellowships from the World Policy Institute, the Pew Foundation Glenmede Trust, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He is also winner of the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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