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Waseda Global Asia Seminar

American Military Interventionism

Date: December 17 (Mon), 2012
Time: 16:30-18:00
Venue: Room 501, 5th Floor, Building 19
Lecturer: Assistant Prof. LONG, Shi Ruey Joey
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University,
GSAPS Campus Asia-EAUI Program Exchange Researcher

Chair: Prof. MATSUOKA, Shunji
General Manager of Campus Asia-EAUI Program
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Medium: English
Registration: NOT required

Since World War II, the United States has deployed its military forces overseas far more frequently than other major democratic states. Successive U.S. administrations have been able to do so because the military interventions have been backed in the main by members of the American elite and public. Polling data indicate that prior to American soldiers setting foot on foreign soil and before the interventions go awry, the elites’ and public’s support for America’s military interventions abroad has tended to be more affirmative than negative. The majority of Americans, in other words, tends to affirm contentions that champion military intervention overseas than those that counsel restraint. This talk offers an explanation of that phenomenon, contending that geographical factors and preponderant American power render the U.S. marketplace of ideas conducive to interventionistic inclinations.

<Lecturer's General Information>
Field of Specialization: International History
Brief Personal History: S.R. Joey Long is Assistant Professor of History at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge in 2006. He is the author of Safe for Decolonization: The Eisenhower Administration, Britain, and Singapore (Kent State University Press, 2011), and coeditor of The Role of Archives in Documenting a Shared Memory of the Cold War: Asia-Pacific Perspective (National Archives of Singapore, 2010). His articles have been published in Diplomatic History, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, and Contemporary Southeast Asia, and he is currently working on a book project that investigates the relations between Southeast Asia and the United States between 1965 and 1975.

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