Monday, October 30, 2006

Congratulations to Colin Dueck (M.A., 1992) who was in town this last weekend for the McNally Robinson launch of his book Reluctant Crusaders: Power, Culture, and Change in American Grand Strategy (Princeton University Press, 2006), which examines patterns of change and continuity in American foreign policy strategy by looking at four major turning points: the periods following World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Colin shows how American cultural assumptions regarding liberal foreign policy goals, together with international pressures, have acted to push and pull U.S. policy in competing directions over time. The result is a book that combines an appreciation for the role of both power and culture in international affairs. Colin was a student of Ivo Lambi's, and from the U of S he proceeded to a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, then to a doctorate at Princeton. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.