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.
August 6th 2013
Today I had the opportunity to visit the site of the first atomic bombing, Hiroshima, and participate in the annual commemoration. Events began at 8:15am this morning, sixty-eight years after the world entered the atomic age. I have written and taught about the atomic bomb for more than a decade, but I never really understood the...
Kissinger at 90
May 26th 2013
Henry Kissinger was born on 27 May 1923, in the shadow of the First World War. As a child, he witnessed the democratic exuberance of Weimar Germany and the terrible despair of Nazi tyranny. As a refugee, he became an American citizen in the U.S. Army, fighting to save civilization, as he and others understood it. Kissinger returned...
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...