348 S. Fifth Street Highlands NC 28741 US

Start date: Monday, June 3 2024.


 On Monday, June 3, 2024, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Resource person: Audra Bullard - office@clehighlands.com


Historically, US strategy abroad has prioritized Europe, but the Pacific and East Asia have always played a part, especially from the late 19th century forward. With the end of the Cold War and the rise of China in this century, East Asia and the Pacific have come to the forefront, but not without a balancing of priorities with Europe and the Middle East. That balancing has become all the more difficult due to political polarization in the United States. The best hope for the future rests in the ability of the traditional mainstreams of the Republican and Democratic parties to come together on a global strategy as they did under FDR, Truman, and Eisenhower that balances the complex interests of the United States in Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia with an increasing focus on the latter. Given the severity of China’s challenge to US interests, the failure to achieve consensus on a strategy and its execution could have fatal consequences.

Presenter: Bill Stueck is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Georgia where he taught for over 30 years, retiring in 2012 as Distinguished Research Professor of History. He is the single author of five books, editor or coeditor of three more, and of dozens of articles and book chapters. His research and writing focuses on US relations with East Asia from 1945 to the end of the Cold War and beyond. During 1995 he taught as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. His book, The Korean War: An International History, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as “the best single volume we have on the Korean War.” He received his PhD in History from Brown University in 1977.

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