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Robert S. McNamara

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U.S. Secretary of Defense, 1961–1968; Coauthor, Wilson's Ghost.

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Condoleezza Rice (left), the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Publ

Crisis Management: Kissinger, McNamara, and Rice

with Henry A. Kissinger, Robert S. McNamara, Condoleezza Ricevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 4, 2013

This week Uncommon Knowledge brings us interview excerpts from two former secretaries of state and Hoover fellows Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice, and former secretary of defense Robert McNamara. All three have influenced American foreign policy through the years and through different crises, and all three believe that the United States possesses a particular responsibility in the world. (25:47)

WILSON'S GHOST: Robert S. McNamara

with Robert S. McNamaravia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, June 20, 2001

More than eighty years ago, President Woodrow Wilson presided over the U.S. entry into the First World War, promising that it would be "the war to end all war." Wilson promoted "peace without victory" and the creation of a League of Nations with the power to enforce the peace thereafter. At that time, Wilson's vision was dismissed by European and American leaders alike as naive idealism. Today, however, Robert S. McNamara, former U.S. secretary of defense, believes that Wilson's vision is essential to reducing the risk of conflict and war in the twenty-first century.