America’s role in the world 75 years after Pearl Harbor

I have a short article on The Conversation US, discussing the legacy of Pearl Harbor for U.S. foreign policy and international order.  It draws on some of my current research looking at the domestic foundations of American internationalism and the future of great power politics.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor was a pivotal moment in U.S. and world history. The attack thrust the U.S. into World War II and set in motion a series of events that would transform the country into a global superpower and guardian of international order. Seventy-five years later, this legacy of Pearl Harbor now faces perhaps its biggest challenge.

Japan killed 2,403 Americans on Dec. 7, 1941. More than 400,000 U.S. soldiers would die in the four years that followed. Their blood helped purchase the defeat of fascism in Europe and Asia and laid the foundation for a post-war international order made in America’s image…

Read the full article here.