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An American Abroad In A Post-American World

  • Metropolitan Club Grill Room on 1st Floor 1700 H Street NW Washington, DC 20006 (map)


Suzy Hansen

An American Abroad In A Post-American World

Metropolitan Club
1700 H Street NW

Grill Room on 1st Floor

(Coat & tie for gentlemen
Business or cocktail attire for women)



It is said Americans learn geography through war. As a foreign correspondent, Suzy Hansen had an epiphany when she moved abroad and saw her country for the first time through foreign eyes. In the wake of 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, she wanted to get beyond the scaremongering headlines. While living in Turkey and reporting from Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan and Iran, she learned a lot about the Muslim world, but the greatest, most unsettling surprise was what she learned about her own country―and herself. 

Hansen’s Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World made New York Times's "Notable Books" and won the Overseas Press Club Award for best non-fiction book on international affairs. From her ecade-lon offshore vantage point, the United States became an unrecognizable "foreign country". She found hat the country she called home and thought she knew as disconnected from the reality of U.S. global military power. Anti-Americanism isn’t a violent pathology, Hansen writes, but a world-wide view of the U.S. as a dangerous nation. Why do Americans still see themselves as a force for good in the world? The answer lies in more than a century of no political competition between the two parties over our Old Testament foreign policy, three generations of unconstitutional presidential wars and a military increasingly disconnected from the American people and Republican ideals.