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.
March 1st 2013
The United States is the most technologically sophisticated society on the globe. The United States is also rapidly becoming a “third world” country. Our infrastructure is crumbling. For public transportation, basic infrastructure is often non-existent, even in major cities. Our schools are under-performing on most measures,...
Strong Argument with Little Vision
January 21st 2013
President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address was a clear and sincere demand for equality, opportunity, and compassion. The speech called for unity in addressing contemporary challenges, and action in reaffirming American values. Among many issues, the president emphasized climate change, international peace, education,...
An Ashamed Patriot
December 31st 2012
I am a scholar and a patriot. My fellow academics often criticize me for this. I cannot be “objective” about the United States. As a child (and grandchild) of poor immigrants, I am acutely aware of how this society offered me opportunities that would be unthinkable almost anywhere else. Every new year, including this...
How Obama Won and What it Means
November 7th 2012
President Barack Obama’s reelection, despite the weaknesses in his record, points to the future of American society. What we have witnessed tonight is the politics of the old and the politics of the new, at the same time. Obama’s victory shows how traditional political actors and new arrivals are, together, shaping power....
Why the Debates Stink
October 17th 2012
I love rigorous toe-to-toe debates, but I hate what I have seen from our presidential candidates in their recent two performances. Debates are supposed to force a detailed and focused interrogation of issues. The recent presidential encounters have encouraged escalating attacks and a personal viciousness accompanied by saccharine...