SECWAC to Host Bestselling Author, Foreign Policy Critic Andrew Bacevich Nov. 14

November 14th, 2016 at Blaustein Hall, Connecticut College, New London

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Andrew J. Bacevich – the prominent U.S. foreign policy critic and New York Times best-selling author – will deliver a presentation based on his most recent book America’s War for the Greater Middle East at Connecticut College in New London on Monday, November 14.  Bacevich’s talk will offer a searing assessment of U.S. involvement in the Middle East over the past 30 years – one that is likely to change the way Americans think about their country’s involvement in one of the world’s most volatile regions.
The Wall Street Journal called the book, “Bacevich’s magnum opus... a deft and rhythmic polemic aimed at America’s failures in the Middle East, from the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidency to the present.”  The Washington Post said the book offers “a critical review of American policy and military involvement... Those familiar with Bacevich’s work will recognize the clarity of expression, the devastating directness and the coruscating wit that characterize the writing of one of the most articulate and incisive living critics of American foreign policy.”
The presentation, part of SECWAC’s Speaker Series, is open to SECWAC members and their guests.  Reporters are welcome to attend as guests of the SECWAC board.  (Interested reporters should contact Paul Nugent at or 860-912-5718.)  The event will take place at 6 pm, Monday, November 14, at Connecticut College’s Blaustein Hall in New London.  It will be preceded by a 5:30 pm reception and followed by a book signing and a $35 by reservationonly dinner with Bacevich. 
Bacevich is professor emeritus of international relations and history at Boston University.  His three books prior to this most recent one – Breach of Trust, Washington Rules and The Limits of Power – all hit the New York Times bestseller list.  A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he served for more than 20 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, before retiring from active duty as a colonel.  He received his Ph.D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton.  Before joining Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University.  A winner of the Lannan Notable Book Award, he lectures frequently at universities around the country. 
Dinner:  A dinner follows immediately after the presentation for a number of Members and Guests at Connecticut College. To attend the dinner, a reservation is required - please call 860-912-5718 or email to make your reservation. A vegetarian option is available but it must be reserved.

Cost is $35 per person; checks payable to SECWAC (or credit card payment) are accepted before the meeting by Courtney Assad, at which time you will receive a dinner ticket. All reservations or cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the program. Late cancellations and no-shows will be billed.  
Guests: SECWAC is a membership organization. Guests are welcome; please call 860-912-5718 or email to reserve a guest pass.
SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America.  Its mission is to foster an understanding of issues related to foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate and educational programming.  Through its annual Speaker Series, SECWAC arranges up to 10 presentations a year that provide a public forum for dialogue between its members and experts on foreign relations.  Membership information is available at  
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