'How America Ends its Wars' a talk by Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

Gideon Rose, Editor of Foreign Affairs and author of 'How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle,' visits Zocalo and the Burkle Center to explain how to conclusively and effectively end our wars. Moderated by Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala

Monday, October 25, 2010
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Actor's Gang
9070 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90232

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When George W. Bush declared the Iraq War finished in May 2003, it was far from over. Over the next several years, terrorism and sectarian conflict continued and American troop levels increased. Now, after Barack Obama’s own speech declaring the combat mission complete, conflict wears on. As the U.S. turns its forces toward Afghanistan, how can America learn to bring conflicts to an end? Driven by ideology or constrained by domestic politics, presidential administrations throughout the 20th century have botched postwar planning, and successive leaders have failed to learn from the past. Gideon Rose, incoming editor of Foreign Affairs and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, visits the Burkle Center and Zocalo to explain how to conclusively and effectively end our wars. 


Gideon Rose has been managing editor of Foreign Affairs since December 2000. From 1995 to December 2000 he was Olin senior fellow and deputy director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), during which time he served as chairman of CFR’s Roundtable on Terrorism and director of numerous CFR study groups. He has taught American foreign policy at Columbia and Princeton universities. In 1994-95 Mr. Rose served as associate director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. In 1986-87 he was assistant editor at the foreign policy quarterly The National Interest, and in 1985-86 held the same position at the domestic policy quarterly The Public Interest. Mr. Rose received a B.A. in Classics from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the department of government at Harvard University.

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