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At each stage in the publication of his "American Empire Project" trilogy, renowned Japan expert and public intellectual Chalmers Johnson has visited the USF Center for the Pacific Rim to lay out his ideas in front of a Bay Area audience, and to engage in a discussion of the state of America today.

In September of 1999, just before the appearance of Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, he spoke at the Center for the Pacific Rim on the increasingly negative role played by the U.S. Japan Peace Treaty in Japan's re-emergence as a "normal" world power. In January 2004 Johnson returned to discuss Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, the second volume in the series, in light of the war in Iraq. Most recently, in March of 2007, he was interviewed to an overflow crowd about the culminating volume of the trilogy, Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.

This last event was filmed by Fora.tv and is available both here and on their website for viewing. The Center itself will be offering more of its public affairs programming to audiences beyond the San Francisco Bay Area through cooperation with Fora.tv in the future.

To start the video, please click on the Start > button at bottom left. To see the subsections of the talk to which you can jump directly, click on the "Open Tools" button, also at lower left.

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Japan Policy Research Institute
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Last updated 30 September, 2009
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