Ian Buruma, author of The Churchill Complex
in conversation with Simon Kuper
This event was co-sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, which promotes French language and culture through 100+ Alliance Française chapters across the U.S. www.afusa.org
Franklin Roosevelt had Churchill; JFK had Harold Macmillan; Reagan had Thatcher and George W. Bush had Tony Blair. Since the Anglo-American alliance in WWII, British and American leaders have tried to band together to project their power around the world, with a declining Britain piggy-backing on the US.
But that era seems to be over. Did joint victory in 1945 lead to troubles in the future? How did Churchill’s heroic myth contribute to foolish wars? Do Trump and Brexit mark the end of the Anglo-American order? And will Biden be tough on Brexit Britain?
Ian Buruma is a Dutch-British author whose journalistic career spans the world, from Japan and China through India, most of Europe and the US. His books include The Wages of Guilt, Murder in Amsterdam, Anglomania, Year Zero and Their Promised Land. He was awarded the Erasmus Prize in 2008 and named one of the top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2010. He lives in New York, where he teaches at Bard College.
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