David C. Unger

David C. Unger, PhD

Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy
American Foreign Policy

SAIS Europe

Expertise

Regions
  • United States
Topics
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Strategic and Security Issues
Languages
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Background and Education

David C. Unger is a journalist and former foreign affairs editorial writer for The New York Times (1977-2013). Since 2014 he is US contributing editor and book reviewer of Survival, the International Institute for Strategic Studies' journal. He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Foreign Policy Roundtable, New York (1997 to 2007). Unger received an AB in History and Comparative Literature from Cornell University, a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin and has done additional graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Institute for Historical Research, University of London.

Publications
"Origins of the National Security State and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman," in Truman Legacy Series, Vol. 11 (2015); The Emergency State: How to End America's Obsessive Quest for National Security and Reclaim our Democracy, Penguin Press (February 16, 2012); "Un americano amico dell'Europa," in Il giorno in cui ci svegliammo dal sogno (2013).

Articles:
"America First or America Alone?" in Aspenia Online (February 2017); "Reflections on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election," in Serbian, Political Thought (December 2016 ); "The Foreign Policy Legacy of Barack Obama," in International Spectator (October 2016); "Updating the Emergency State," in SAIS Europe Journal of Global Affairs (2015); "The U.N.'s Lost Decade," in Croatia UNA Magazine (2012); "A Better Internationalism," in World Policy Journal (Spring 2012); "Economic Leadership in Europe," in Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs (2011); "The Inevitable Two State Solution," in World Policy Journal (Fall 2008); "Maps of War, Maps of Peace: Finding a Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Question," in World Policy Journal (Summer 2002); "Asian Anxieties, Pacific Overtures: Experiments in Security for a New Asia-Pacific Community," in World Policy Journal (Summer 1994); more than 3,000 foreign policy editorials published in The New York Times since 1977.

Selected Presentations:
How the National Security Act of 1947 built the foundations for a peacetime national security state (panel), American Historical Association, Denver, USA, Jan. 7, 2017; Post US Presidential Elections – The foreign policy debate (panel), JHU SAIS Europe Bologna, Italy, Dec. 5, 2016; The Election of Donald Trump: What does It mean for Europe, the world, and the United States? Faculty of Political Science, University of Cagliari, Italy, Nov. 22, 2016; The Election of Donald Trump: What does it Mean for Europe, the world, and the United States? University of Sassari, Italy Nov. 21, 2016; The next US President and Foreign Policy, general audience, SOAS, London, UK, Nov. 15, 2016; The next US President and Foreign Policy, MA students, SOAS, London, UK Nov. 14, 2016; US Presidential Election and the Obama Legacy, LUMSA University, Rome, Italy, Nov. 8, 2016; US Strategic and security policies, University of Viterbo, Italy, Nov. 7, 2016; US Foreign Policy after the presidential elections, at regional seminar of political scientists, Kopaonik, Serbia, Nov. 5, 2016; Toward the 2016 Election (panel), JHU SAIS Europe, Bologna, Italy, Oct. 26, 2016; The Obama Legacy in Foreign Policy (panel), ISPI (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale), Milan, Italy, Oct. 10, 2016; The Politics, and Political Legacy of Harry S. Truman’s National Security Policies, Harry S. Truman Library Conference, Key West, USA, May 2013; The Emergency State, Seattle, USA, Feb. 2012; The Emergency State, World Affairs Council of Northern California, San Francisco, USA, Feb. 2012; The Emergency State, Carnegie Council, New York, USA, Feb. 2012; The Emergency State, World Policy Institute, New York, USA, Feb. 2012; Obama and U.S. Foreign Policy, SOAS, London, UK, Nov. 2008.


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Fall 2017 
This course com...
This course compares the way Washington makes national security today in Washington with the very different arrangements for foreign policy, war-making and democratic accountability envisioned in the United States Constitution. The course is designed to provide students with a firm grounding in the Constitutional debates and language involving the carefully balanced powers of the Presidency and the Congress and the safeguards meant to protect civil liberties in wartime. It tracks the development of a security state mentality in the years since the Second World War and illustrates how this has radically changed America’s view of its constitutional democracy, its global military role and its place in the international economy.
Spring 2018 
This course is ...
This course is designed to provide some of the overlooked historical context behind today’s foreign policy crises. People in other countries acutely remember past encounters with American power that most people in the United States are unaware of or consider irrelevant. This can lead to wide gaps in understanding that undermine current diplomacy, with countries imputing motives to Washington that would surprise many in the United States.

This course aims to narrow that gap by looking at past American interactions with four selected countries – Cuba, Japan, Greece and Palestine (before Israeli statehood). All are in today’s news and are likely to pose special challenges to American diplomacy during the years to come. The course will emphasize U.S. interactions with these countries since World War II, but will also consider earlier interactions as appropriate.
July 5, 2017 
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David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, is interviewed on Charles Adler Tonight about "Democracy....where has it gone."

November 22, 2016 
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David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, will give a seminar at the University of Cagliari entitled "The Election of Donald Trump: What does It mean for Europe, the world, and the United States?."

November 5, 2016 
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David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, is interviewed on B92 in an article entitled "Klintonovi bi hteli da Srbija zaboravi razmirice sa SAD (in Serbian)."

October 21, 2016 
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David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, wrote an article for The International Spectator entitled "The Foreign Policy Legacy of Barack Obama."

October 12, 2016 
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David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, spoke at ISPI in a panel discussing "L'eredità di Obama in politica estera (in Italian)."

September 20, 2016 
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David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, is interviewed on Sound Cloud "David C. Unger at the Charles Adler Show."

September 15, 2016 
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David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, is interviewed on Radio Radicale about " Presidenziali Usa (in Italian)"

August 3, 2016 
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David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, discusses the US presidential election in the Italian newspaper Lettera 43 in an article entitled "Usa, l'ottimismo spuntato di Hillary Clinton [in Italian]."

June 17, 2015 
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David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, will speak to the Fellows of the 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Berlin about "Greece and Germany: Crisis of the Euro or Crisis of European Democracy?."