Update from the flight deck: I’m returning to California for meetings at Pepperdine University, USC and a conference in Irvine. I’ll be attending a talk with US Ambassador Chris Hill and delivering my latest paper, this one on the development of National and Transatlantic Security Councils. I will also be taking the political pulse of California ahead of the forthcoming election season, which should add depth and colour to my upcoming media appearances. See you on my return!
If it’s Saturday then it must be Pasadena! Following my delivery of a paper in Oxford on President Bush’s emotional reaction to the events of 9/11, I am in California to address the ISA conference on the International and the Individual, on my evolving work examining the life of Robert S. McNamara.
My paper addresses the price that McNamara paid for his access to power from 1960-67 at the height of the Cold War and is derived from my inquiry into Robert McNamara and the American century.
My follow up paper, ‘Virtual McNamara’ has been accepted for inclusion at the ISA annual conference in San Diego in April 2012, granting me a platform to continue my work on this fascinating individual.