(chapter one: “The Iron Dice”) by John Stoessinger
John Stoessinger | Key Speakers Bureau
Dennis A. Challeen
USD: CAS: John Stoessinger - University of San Diego
The keynote speaker here at the Conference today was Dr. John Stoessinger. He is an author of books like I think he has a very interesting story to tell and I interviewed him about his message to this audience.
When John Stoessinger said that “the road to war is paved with numerous “objective causes” but the final step across the threshold is taken by an individual whose character is all important”, (212) he basically summed up his book. The book does look at personalities and how they cause or accelerate war. However, it explores other issues as well for example both the chapters on the Israeli-Arab war and the Serbs and the Croats illustrate how nationalism often spark war although the Israeli-Arab war deals with religious freedom and the Serbs and Croats deals with political and racial freedom. ...Students will also discover that elite foreign-policy makers were hardly astute "crisis managers." Hunt echoes John Stoessinger's thesis in Why Nations Go To War  that the most important single precipitating factor in the outbreak......Continue reading about John Stoessinger attempts to discuss wars and how and why they took place and accelerated before coming to an end. However, his book was wordy and at times confusing he involves many aspects of war that are crucial to the exploration of the case; for instance in the Vietnam War where he discusses Harkins use of napalms and crop defoliation. But unless you know what those are you probably will not grasp the material and the point he is trying to make. Therefore I felt it was too technical. ...Sept. 11, 2001. While Kerik advocated that Americans should not forget what happened, another speaker, Dr. John Stoessinger--who is currently Distinguished Professor of International Affairs at the University of San Diego and a survivor......Continue reading about ...the West Virginia Court of Appeals talked about problems of product liability and the need for tort reform. Dr. John Stoessinger, a specialist in international affairs at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, talked about the changes in......Continue reading about John George Stoessinger (born October 14, 1927), a prize-winning author of ten leading books on world politics, has been the recipient of the distinguished Bancroft Prize for History for The Might of Nations, and has served as Acting Director for the Political Affairs Division at the United Nations. On the eve of World War II, Dr. Stoessinger fled from Nazi-occupied Austria to Czechoslovakia. His family was saved by a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who issued three visas to transit Russia, allowing them to escape to Shanghai via Siberia and Kobe. Dr.