Jeremi Suri is the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the Universityâs Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Department of History. Suri is the author of five books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. In September 2011, he will publish a new book on the past and future of nation-building: Libertyâs Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named him one of Americaâs âTop Young Innovatorsâ in the Arts and Sciences.
25 Years Since Tiananmen, What Might Have Been
June 2nd 2014
The early summer of 1989 was the most optimistic season in recent memory. William Wordsworth, writing in a previous revolutionary moment, captured the sentiment: “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven!” I remember that feeling, if not those words, as a high school student convinced that...
Containing Russian Fascism
May 5th 2014
Effective policy-making begins by accurately assessing adversaries. Americans have a tendency to assume that their opponents are either pathetic pip-squeaks, ranting like irrational madmen, or enormous evil-doers, bent on Hitler-like world domination. Russian President Vladimir Putin fits neither of these character types. The pattern...
Western Help for Ukraine
February 23rd 2014
Ukraine is teetering on the edge of civil war. Courageous public demonstrations in Kiev and sympathetic parliamentary actions have caused the pro-Russian president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, to flee the capital. He has found sympathetic citizens, many of them armed, in the Eastern half of Ukraine and the Crimea. Russian influence...
The Last of Our Heroes
December 5th 2013
Nelson Mandela’s death is more than just the death of a great man. It is the death of a hero. He lived a life that combined radical ideas about racial equality and social democracy with a willingness to work among others who had different points of view. Mandela suffered for his beliefs, but he did not make others suffer for...
Speak Up about Egypt
August 20th 2013
Since July 3, when the Egyptian military overthrew the elected government of Mohamed Morsi, the United States has said almost nothing. President Barack Obama and his advisors have called for calm, non-violence, and elections, but the new leaders in Cairo have ignored these cautious and formulaic warnings. In the last two weeks the...