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Book launch presentation and discussion of Freedom on the Offensive: Human Rights, Democracy Promotion, and US Interventionism in the Late Cold War by William Michael Schmidli (Cornell University Press, 2022).

Event details of Freedom on the Offensive
Date 8 December 2022
Time 16:00 -18:00
Location Oost-Indisch Huis
Room E1.02

Using Reagan's undeclared war on Nicaragua as a case study in US interventionism, Freedom on the Offensive explores how democracy promotion emerged as the centerpiece of an increasingly robust US human rights agenda. Yet, this initiative also became intertwined with deeply undemocratic practices that misled the American people, violated US law, and contributed to immense human and material destruction. Pursued through civil society or low-cost military interventions and rooted in the neoliberal imperatives of US-led globalization, Reagan's democracy promotion initiative had major implications for post–Cold War US foreign policy. 

Co-sponsored by the Cold War Research Network; GER Department, UvA; Modern History Research Group, Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Dr R. (Ruud) van Dijk

Faculty of Humanities


Oost-Indisch Huis

Room E1.02

Oude Hoogstraat 24
1012 CE Amsterdam