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Renowned foreign policy author to speak at Ozarks on Nov. 6

October 25, 2013
By cnp
Posted in Community Events

Award-winning foreign policy correspondent and author Stephen Kinzer will present a lecture at University of the Ozarks at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6, in the Rogers Conference Center.

The event, which is a part of the University’s 2013-14 Walton Arts & Ideas Series, is free and open to the public.

Kinzer, a professor at Brown University, was formerly a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and has covered more than 50 countries in five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him "among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling."

Kinzer’s latest book is: "The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War." During the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world.  John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In his 2013 book, Kinzer examines their rise to power and how their personal relationship influenced their professional partnership.

Kinzer says the Dulles brothers shaped America’s standoff with the Soviet Union, led the U.S. into war in Vietnam, and helped topple governments they thought unfriendly to American interests in Guatemala, Iran, the Congo and Indonesia. He says the Dulles’ actions "helped set off some of the world’s most profound long-term crises."

There will be copies of the book available for signing at the lecture.

Kinzer is currently a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Previously, he was professor of international relations at Boston University and professor of military studies at Northwestern University. During his more than 20 years as a foreign correspondent at The New York Times, Kinzer served as the bureau chief in Managua, Bonn, Berlin, and Istanbul. Prior to that, he was the Latin America correspondent for the Boston Globe.  His foreign postings placed him at the center of historic events and, at times, in the line of fire. While covering world events, he has been shot at, jailed, beaten by police, tear-gassed and bombed from the air.

He is the author of several books including "Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future" and "All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror." Kinzer also wrote "Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq."  It recounts the 14 times the United States has overthrown foreign governments.  Kinzer seeks to explain why these interventions were carried out and what their long-term effects have been. 

He has also worked in Africa, and written "A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It." Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa called this book "a fascinating account of a near-miracle unfolding before our very eyes."

For more information on Kinzer’s lecture, please call the university at 479-979-1433.