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

A long time member of the New York Times Editorial Board and current member of the Council on Foreign Relations; previously a member of the Foreign Policy Roundtable; speaker at Humanity in Action fellowship program, Berlin, June 2015, on Greece and Germany: Crisis of the Euro or Crisis of European Democracy?; presenter and discussion leader at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs on Wealth and Terror: Why America’s Quest for Absolute Security Is a Mission Impossible that Can Also Destroy Our Democracy and Maps of War, Maps of Peace: Finding a Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Question; panel leader at Club of Madrid Terrorism and Democracy Conference (2005); panelist at Harry Truman Library Conference on Politics and Political Legacy of Harry S.Trumans National Security Policy; guest seminar leader at the S.O.A.S. Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy on Obama and US Foreign Policy, at New York University on Global Civil Society; PhD, University of Texas at Austin.

Publications: "Updating the Emergency State," in SAIS Europe Journal of Global Affairs (2015); "The Politics, and Political Legacy of Harry S. Trumans National Security Policies," in The National Security Legacy of Harry S. Truman, Truman State University Press (2015); "Un Americano Amico dellEuropa (JFK), in 22 Novembre 1963, Il Giorno in Cui Ci Svegliamo Dal Sogno, Redattori Mauro Colombo con Rita Salerno, Monti (2013); “The U.N.'s Lost Decade" in Croatia UNA Magazine (2012); “A Better Internationalism” in World Policy Journal (2012); The Emergency State: How to End America’s Obsessive Quest for National Security and Reclaim our Democracy (2012); “Economic Leadership in Europe” in Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs (2011); Review of Innocent Abroad, in The New York Times Book Review (2009); “The Inevitable Two State Solution” in World Policy Journal (2008); “Maps of War, Maps of Peace: Finding a Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Question” in World Policy Journal (2002); “Asian Anxieties, Pacific Overtures: Experiments in Security for a New Asia-Pacific Community” in World Policy Journal (1994); more than 3,000 foreign policy editorials published in The New York Times since 1977.


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Fall 2016 
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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 2017 
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.
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?."

June 4, 2015 
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David C. Unger, Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, is interviewed by El Mundo in an article entitled "La victoria de Edward Snowden en el 'pajar' de la NSA (in Spanish)."