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Narrative and the Making of US National Security

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Speaker: Professor Ron Krebs

Prof. Krebs’ lecture explores the rise and fall of dominant narratives of national security in the US and how they have shaped US foreign policy. It is based on his recently published book of the same title.

Ronald R. Krebs (Ph.D., Columbia University) is Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in the Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Narrative and the Making of US National Security (Cambridge UP, 2015) and Fighting for Rights: Military Service and the Politics of Citizenship (Cornell UP, 2006), and coeditor of In War’s Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (Cambridge UP, 2011). His articles on a wide range of topics in international relations have appeared in leading scholarly journals, including International Organization, International Security, the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Quarterly, and Security Studies, as well as in outlets like Foreign Affairs,, Slate, and the Washington Post. Prof. Krebs has been an Associate Editor of Security Studies, and he has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar (Israel, 2012), a McKnight Land-Grant Professor at the University of Minnesota (2006-2008), and a Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin (2006-2007).

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