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May 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm

History Alum Writes About Sequestration, Nation-Building

Ohio University alum Jeremi Suri ’96M is the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin.  He earned an M.A. in History with a thesis on “Cold War Legitimacy in Crisis: An International History of Détente,” followed by a Ph.D. in History from Yale University.

“I am a child of the global transformations that re-made societies in the last century–war, migration, nation-building, and mobility through higher education. All of my research, writing, and teaching seeks to explain these transformations–their diverse origins, their contradictory contours, and their long-lasting effects. My scholarship is therefore an extended inquiry into the workings of power at local and international levels, and the interactions across these levels. Like other historians, I treat power as contingent, context-dependent, and often quite elusive. Like practitioners of politics, I view power as essential for any meaningful achievement, especially in the realms of social justice and democratization,” he says in his website bio.

Read  his post on sequestration.

Read his article, “George Washington’s eerie foresight” at

His most recent book is Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama (New York: Free Press/Simon and Schuster, 2011, paperback 2012).


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