Bob Woodward to Address Internal Conflicts In Obama Administration over War on Terrorism

Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward will give a talk at the Sanford School of Public Policy Oct. 27 about his latest book, “Obama’s Wars,” which presents the Obama White House as deeply torn over the war in Afghanistan.

During a 40-year journalism career, Woodward has covered Watergate, the Supreme Court, the CIA, the Pentagon, the Federal Reserve, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the White House under various presidents. While at Duke, he will be discussing his latest work on the personality and opinion clashes within the executive branch of government over the past 20 months.

Book Cover "Obama Wars"The presentation will be in an interview format, with Duke Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Peter Feaver posing the questions. Feaver served in the Bush Administration from June 2005 to July 2007 on the National Security Council Staff, where he also had worked under President Bill Clinton in 1993 and 1994. The talk begins at 6 p.m. in Sanford’s Fleishman Commons, and is free and open to the public. Woodward will sign books in the Sanford Building lobby from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m.

Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award since beginning work at the Washington Post in 1971, including the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal, the 2002 National Affairs Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2003.

“This is a very timely visit from one of the most influential writers working the political beat today,” said Feaver. “Woodward’s book on how President Obama has managed the Afghanistan war continues to reverberate in Washington and in other capitals. I am very excited that students will have a chance to hear him first-hand and ask him questions.”

Woodward has published or co-published 14 national bestsellers, 11 of which have been the top nonfiction bestseller. These include All the President’s Men (1974), which he co-authored with Bernstein; The Commanders (1991) on the first Bush Administration and the Gulf War; The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994); and State of Denial: Bush at War III (2006).  

The lecture is presented by the Von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowment Fund and sponsored by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. Co-sponsors are the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and Duke University Union.

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