Jeremi Suri presents a seminar on the similarities and differences in practice between British imperialism and American nation-building. Philip Bobbitt (law) and Bartholomew Sparrow (government) respond.
Suri discusses how in American usage, nation-building is a self-conscious alternative to British imperialism, although many of the underlying ideas drew from British political thought. Yet the differences are in fact significant, and they explain the nature of the contemporary international system.
Suri holds the Mack Brown distinguished chair in global leadership at The University of Texas at Austin with joint appointments in the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is the author of five books, most recently "Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama."