Andrew Bacevich

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Andrew J. Bacevich is a Retired U.S. Army Colonel, and a professor of international relations at Boston University. A self-described conservative, Bacevich is often defined by others as a Paleoconservative and/or realist. He is a strong proponent of a return to the concept of 'citizen soldier' in the American Military. He refuses to view causes for the current War Upon Iraq or the Global War in Terror as a Democrat-OR-Republican binary issue, and instead states that any view of current American Policy needs to be viewed through a historical lens that stretches through many past presidential administrations. Bacevich is especially hard on the post Coldwar Administrations of George H.W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton and George W. Bush. Bacevich began his criticism of the Bush administration's prosecution of the GWOT as early as November 2001. [1]

Biographical data

Andrew J. Bacevich was born 1947 in Normal, Illinois, the son of two WWII veterans. He graduated from West Point in 1969 and served in Vietnam from the summer of 1970 to the summer of 1971. He continued through a military career that ended in the eary 1990s, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Teaching Positions

  • 1998-present - Boston University, Professor of International Relations
  • 1992-98 - The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University Professorial Lecturer, Strategic Studies Program
  • 1995-97 - School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University Professorial Lecturer, Department of Political Science
  • 1977-80 - United States Military Academy, West Point Assistant Professor, Department of History


  • Princeton University, Ph.D. American Diplomatic History
  • Princeton University,M.A. American History
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, B.S.


  • 2004 - The American Academy in Berlin Berlin Prize Fellow
  • 1992-93 - The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University Visiting Fellow of Strategic Studies
  • 1987-88 - The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University National Security Fellow
  • 1984-85 - Council on Foreign Relations, New York International Affairs Fellow


(main sources for bio data: Boston Univ curriculum vitae, UC Berkeley, Institute of International Studies interveiw transcript)

Abridged Bibliography

  • Andrew Bacevich, (editor) The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy since World War II.
  • Andrew Bacevich, "The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War", New York: Oxford University Press, 2005, ISBN 0195173384
  • Andrew Bacevich (editor), The Imperial Tense: Prospects and Problems of American Empire, Chicago: Ivan Dee, 2003, ISBN 1566635330
  • Andrew Bacevich, American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0674009401

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Articles and Interviews by Andrew J. Bacevich

Articles & Commentary

  • Editorial Board, World Affairs, accessed January 19, 2011.