Off the Shelf: Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro

September 08, 2011

Melvyn P. Leffler, Edward R. Stettinius Professor of American History, College of Arts & Sciences, and Jeffrey W. Legro, Randolph P. Compton Professor of World Politics, College of Arts & Sciences, editors, "In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy After the Berlin Wall and 9/11."  Cornell University Press.
September 8, 2011 — Melvyn Leffler and Jeffrey Legro, political historians in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences and Miller Center scholars, have edited a new collection of essays by leading policymakers and scholars that recount, analyze and reflect on how the United States reacted to dramatic developments on the world stage. The events considered range from the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

"In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy After the Berlin Wall and 9/11" includes chapters written by influential officials from the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as by eminent scholars.

The writers offer new and provocative accounts of the economic and geopolitical strategy advanced by the first Bush administration, the bureaucratic clashes over policy toward the breakup of the Soviet Union, the creation of the Defense Policy Guidance of 1992, the expansion of NATO, the writing of the National Security Strategy Statement of 2002 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

"It is uncommon for policymakers and scholars to engage with one another on contentious issues in a substantive way," Leffler said. "We brought this group together to reflect on the past and help lay out a path to better anticipate, understand and manage a dynamic global arena in the years ahead."

Contributors include:
•    Robert B. Zoellick, former U.S. deputy secretary of state;
•    Paul Wolfowitz, former U.S. deputy secretary of defense;
•    Eric S. Edelman, former U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy;
•    Walter B. Slocombe, former U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy;
•    Philip Zelikow, former State Department counselor, director of the 9/11 Commission and currently associate dean for graduate academic programs and White Burkett Miller Professor of History in the College, who has just been named to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.

"In Uncertain Times" is based on a conference held at the Miller Center in October 2009. Archived webcasts of the conference are available here.  

Leffler and Legro also co-edited "To Lead the World: American Strategy after the Bush Doctrine."

— By Anne Bromley

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Anne E. Bromley

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