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Film: American Umpire + Discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs and Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols

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We are on the cusp of a change in the way we do foreign policy in this country. The major threat in the world today is terrorism, not land wars between great powers. Yet the world's security infrastructure continues to be based largely on conditions that prevailed during the Cold War. Join us for a panel discussion on this important and timely topic as well as a screening of the film AMERICAN UMPIRE.


AMERICAN UMPIRE is a 56-minute documentary, based on the book by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, narrated by Jim Lehrer that takes a critical look at America's role as the world's policeman. In interviews with some of the biggest names in foreign policy, including Condoleezza Rice, Madeline Albright, George Schulz, and more, AMERICAN UMPIRE explores our origins as a neutral nascent republic and our transition to a highly engaged superpower after World War II and asks the important question: "What is the future of American geopolitical engagement in a rapidly changing world?"


Elizabeth Cobbs is Dwight E. Stanford Professor of American Foreign Relations at San Diego State University and a National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. She co-produced and wrote the PBS documentary based on her book American Umpire, which explores America’s grand strategy for the next fifty years.


Christopher Nichols teaches history at Oregon State University, was recently elected as a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Nichols specializes in the history of the United States and its relationship to the rest of the world, particularly in the areas of isolationism, internationalism, and globalization.

Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Oregon and OSU Citizenship and Crisis Initiative

Free and open to the public, no registration required.



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