Dr. Bradley A. Thayer

Dr. Bradley A. Thayer

Dr. Bradley A. Thayer is an associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has been a consultant to the Rand Corporation and a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. Most recently, he is the author of Darwin and International Relations: On the Evolutionary Origins of War and Ethnic Conflict (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2004).

The Pax Americana and the Middle East: U.S. Grand Strategic Interests in the Region After September 11

| December 1, 2003

Seldom are wars good things, but good things often come from them. They have caused profound social change in Western societies, increasing political rights, literacy, educational opportunities, and numerous technological advances from radar to antibiotics. Equally important is the fact that war presents opportunities for the victors to advance their interests in international politics. For Israel, the wars in 1967, 1969-1970, and 1973 laid the foundation for peace with Egypt and Jordan.