Finally, my feet hit the floor after a long day of writing and interviews. BBC, LBC and Sky News all on one day, running around trying to get some writing done in the process. Anyway, here is my on-air work with Kay Burley from Sky News this afternoon. Enjoy!
Today is Thanksgiving in the United States of America. All across the world, Americans will be gathering to give thanks for their lives and to celebrate with their families. But does the world have reason to join in and give thanks for America, Americans and their foreign policy?
I will be returning to the airwaves tonight to address these issues with Iain Dale on LBC 97.3 fm.
I will be addressing the long record of US international relations, the nation’s commitment to the defence of the western alliance during the Cold War and the many benefits that are derived from the ongoing Special Relationship. Above all I will be noting that it was America who fought hardest to ensure the very freedom that allows us to question the direction and intent of the world’s greatest superpower
These issues and more will be addressed in what will no doubt be a fascinating interview. Tune in online at: http://www.lbc.co.uk/listen-live-3578
I am in glorious Salzburg this week for the annual Global Seminar on American Studies. I will be one of a small number of keynote speakers at this year’s event, which is headlined by William Leuchtenburg.
The Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA) was founded in 2003 to build upon the positive momentum stemming from thirty-two sessions organized by the American Studies Center between 1994 and 2002. The purpose of SSASA is to provide a forum for anyone working in the field of American Studies to interact with experts in the field by meeting annually at Schloss Leopoldskron to attend symposia devoted to broad American Studies themes. The annual symposia are attended by distinguished professionals from a wide number of countries around the world. Through such American Studies symposia, the Salzburg Global Seminar continues to make a vital contribution to the promotion of open, international dialogue.
The 2011 symposium is entitled “Continuity and Change in US Presidential Foreign Policy; Plans, Policies and Doctrines” and will take place at Schloss Leopoldskron from October 6-10, 2011. The program will focus on comparative developments, continuity and changes in the international role and policies of the United States of post-war presidential administrations, with a special emphasis on the Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.
Those of you familiar with my work will recognise how central these themes are to my ongoing research which is being showcased this autumn at a series of conferences in Europe and the United States.
Following my ongoing work with Sky News, the BBC, LBC and Aljazeera English, I will be making a return to the American airwaves tonight.
At the kind invitation of the producers, I will be appearing on a radio discussion panel to address the international role of the United States. I will be joined by Prof. John Mathiason of Syracuse University and by Jason Ditz of antiwar.com. The panel will be chaired by Brent Johnson, host of the Global Freedom Report on Friday, August 26 at 22.oo London time.
I anticipate a spirited and fascinating discussion of the issues at hand and the manner in which they are perceived domestically and internationally.
Focus will no doubt be on the implementation of foreign policy by President Obama compared to George W. Bush, the Special Relationship with the UK, actions in Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, the degree to which the United States should be engaged in the world and how all of this will impact the forthcoming presidential election.
Click here to access the show live on the internet.
Following my busy week of appearances on Sky News, LBC and the BBC, I will be returning to the airwaves once more this weekend.
I will be discussing the status of the United States of America with former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, on LBC 97.3 FM at 11.00 on Saturday
foreign and domestic policy is likely to be addressed, with issues of debt , tea parties and the special relationship with David Cameron also on the cards.
The conversation will no doubt turn to the forthcoming presidential election and the future of President Obama, whose birthday is today!
You can listen live at http://ukrp.musicradio.com/lbc973/live
Following my appearance on Sky News last night, I will be returning to the airwaves this evening.
I will be appearing on the Iain Dale Show, with stand in host Andrew Pierce, to discuss the American debt crisis and the implications that this has for the UK and the Special Relationship.
The conversation will no doubt turn to the forthcoming presidential election and the future of President Obama.
You can listen live at http://ukrp.musicradio.com/lbc973/live
I am delighted to announce that I will be addressing the Transatlantic Studies Association’s annual conference in Dundee next week.
I will be joining a panel to discuss Transatlantic Relations, Diplomacy, Statecraft and Culture in the Second World War.
My discussion will focus on the problematic relationship between Winston S. Churchill and Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, father of the future American president. It will consider concepts of personality, geopolitics and the foreign policy implications of the ‘not so’ special relationship between the two men. It will also consider the vital role of isolationism in US foreign policy at this time.
This will be the first in a series of papers to be produced that will form the basis for my new research project on the development of the relationship between the Kennedy family and the Churchills from 1938-1968. The project will address the Ambassador’s posting to London, his dealings with Chamberlain, his mis-reading of Churchill and his fall from grace. It will also consider the influence that his time in London had on the young John F. Kennedy and the degree to which his career was influenced by Churchill, leading to his decision as president, to appoint the former PM with honorary American citizenship.
The conference itinerary can be found at:
As the station’s dedicated North American correspondent, I will be talking with Richie Allen, live from NEw York, on Talk Radio Europe’s Tonight Show, from 6.30pm London Time, that’s 7.30pm in Europe and 1.30pm in New York.
Expect to hear my thoughts and observations on a raft of issues that have arisen in the last few weeks including my take on the Republican Party candidates seeking to replace Obama in the White House come November 2012.
Obama, U.S. foreign policy and the link with the domestic constituency are all likely be covered, so tune in if you can.
Talk Radio Europe can be accessed on the internet at www.talkradioeurope.com and you can listen live and on-line through the options available at http://www.talkradioeurope.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1676&Itemid=125
Regrettably, it appears that Ash Clouds trump American Presidents, so my comments and observation on President Obama’s State Visit now appear set for Wednesday.
As some of you may have seen, I was on Sky News this morning, discussing President Obama’s trip to Europe. The conversation concentrated on his initial stop-over in Eire, where he will apparently revel in his Irish ancestry. I must admit that one doesn’t really look at Obama and immediately think of the Emerald Isle, but I guess that he is just the latest in a long line of president’s claiming Irish ancestry to bolster their domestic standing with the Irish community in the United States.
I seem to remember when Obama used to be from Kenya and Hawaii? Apparently that was soooo yesterday! I know he campaigned on a platform of ‘Change’ but I didn’t think that changing his ancestry was what he had in mind.
In London from Tuesday, Obama will hold meetings at Downing Street with the PM David Cameron to discuss Afghanistan and UK/US foreign policy. Doubtless to say questions of the Special Relationship will come up, along with issues pertaining to the demise of Osama bin Laden.
Obama will be staying as a guest of Her Majesty the Queen and will also address both houses of Parliament. A press briefing is expected at the FCO. The president will be accompanied by Secretary of State Clinton who is expected to hold meetings with her opposite number, William Hague.
Suffice to say, getting around central London may be a little tricky with the heightened security this week!
I will be returning to the airwaves through the week as the president spends his State Visit here in London, so watch this space for more news.