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Stephen Kinzer joins us to discuss an age‐​old question; What is America’s role in the world?

Aaron Ross Powell
Director and Editor
Trevor Burrus
Research Fellow, Constitutional Studies

Stephen Kinzer is an award‐​winning author and foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.” He was Latin America correspondent for The Boston Globe, and then spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, with extended postings in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. He is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. His most recent book is “The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire.”

No matter how often we debate America’s role in the world, we are not throwing around original ideas. This debate resurfaces each time we decide whether or not to intervene in a foreign country. It was the main discussion amongst Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst who favored imperial expansion while other notable intellectuals; Mark Twain and Andrew Carnegie valued restraint. Stephen Kinzer joins us today to discuss how this original debate unfolded.

What is manifest destiny? Who were the expansionists in 1898? Who was Henry Cabot Lodge? Who was William Randolph Hearst? What was Teddy Roosevelt’s view on war? How did the U.S. acquire Puerto Rico and Guam? What is plutocracy?

Further Reading:

The World Wide Revolution, Liberty Chronicles Podcast

Imperialism, written by Stephen Davies

The Conquest of the United States by Spain, written by William Graham Sumner