British Association for American Studies


Ben Walker

Ben Walker is a doctoral candidate in history, at the University of Manchester, due to submit summer 2015.
The working title of his thesis is ‘Demanding Dictatorship: US-Philippine Relations 1946-1969’. The project broadly speaking is an assessment of US foreign policy in the Philippines, and how this can help explain US policy failure elsewhere in the developing world, especially in the Vietnam War.
Ben has also conducted research at NARA, the LBJ Presidential Library, and the Hoover Institute.

Review: 2015 HOTCUS Annual Conference

The conference began with Professor Gary Gerstle’s (University of Cambridge) plenary lecture, ‘Colossus with Feet of Clay: The Troubled State of Government in Modern America’. It was a tour de force of fundamental questions of America’s history: from territorial expansion, to liberty, race and immigration, and even national security.

Book Review: America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy – The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else by William Blum

Blum’s book is a tirade against the United States and its foreign policy, not just on the macro level, but aimed at specific individuals, from presidents down to the soldiers carrying out the policies on the ground.