The Long View: The U.S. Role Overseas

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WBUR's "Special Coverage" will look beyond the horizon at some of the big issues that the September attacks have made even more urgent. Examining where we want these issues to be in 10 or 15 years will hopefully guide our policies today. Tonight, in part 1, we examine U.S. policy overseas. From the days of our first foreign diplomat, Benjamin Franklin, American foreign policy has vacillated between isolationism and selective engagement. The Bush administration had taken a unilateral appraoch to world affairs before September 11th. But should the continuing threats of terrorism move the U.S. towards being more engaged with the rest of the world or more isolated?


Stanley Hoffmann, professor of history at Harvard University and author of several books including "World Disorders: Troubled Peace in the Post-Cold War Era"

This program aired on November 5, 2001.


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