“Remember Pearl Harbor!” That was the rallying cry for the American people during the Second World War. It is eighty years since the United States was attacked on December 7, 1941—“a date which will live in infamy,” in the memorable words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The American people, government, and armed forces suddenly found themselves caught up in a desperate global struggle from which there could be no turning back. The ordeal of waging a world war would transform the United States into a global superpower. From that day to the present, American power and purpose have played a leading role in world politics.
Professor Maurer of the Naval War College will examine the grand strategy of President Roosevelt as he prepared America for the coming trial of strength. In preparing the country for war, FDR had to contend with a bitterly divided American public opinion that constrained his foreign policy and strategic courses of action. Professor Maurer will follow the steps taken by the United States and Japan that led to war on that fateful day eighty years ago.
John H. Maurer - Professor John H. Maurer is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on National Security, sits on the Board of Editors for FPRI’s journal, Orbis, and serves as the Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Grand Strategy in the Strategy and Policy Department at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.