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Distinguished Teaching Professor (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1980)

Curriculum vitae


Interests: U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-Japan relations

After early interest in Japanese-American relations, particularly on the Japanese side, I have turned my attention to a broad, interpretive analysis of American foreign relations. My current and apparently eternal project is tentatively titled E Pluribus: A Political History of American Foreign Relations from Jamestown to Obama. Chapter 27, "the Slow Lane," centers on the extraordinary caution of George H.W. Bush as his presidency navigates the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, and continued challenges to the  status quo from eastern Europe to China. It pays particular attention to the rise of "centrist" Democrats dedicated to new global economic and liberal social orders.




"Domestic Politics, Interservice Impasse, and Japan's Decisions for War"