We present two in-depth conversations with noted thinkers Andrew Bacevich and Edwidge Danticat.
Author and academic Andrew Bacevich presents a bold and urgent perspective on how American foreign policy must change in response to the shifting world order of the twenty-first century, from the New York Times’ bestselling author of The Limits of Power and The Age of Illusions. The purpose of U.S. foreign policy has, at least theoretically, been to keep Americans safe. Yet as we confront a radically changed world, it has become indisputably clear that the terms of that policy have failed. Washington’s insistence that a market economy is compatible with the common good, its faith in the idea of the “West” and its “special relationships,” its conviction that global military primacy is the key to a stable and sustainable world order—these have brought endless wars and a succession of moral and material disasters.
Edwidge Danticat, is a Haitian-American novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, was published in 1994 and went on to become an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Danticat has since written or edited several books and has been the recipient of many awards and honors. In this KPFA event from October 2013 Danticat talks about her novel, “Claire of the Sea Light.”