If you feel like I’ve bugged you enough already about my book let it be known that I have not yet begun to self-promote. Indeed, the book’s official release date is not until April 25 (though online orders are already shipping, so don’t let that stop you from ordering one today). Also on April 25, my firstbook event at the Center for American Progress:
In a controversial new book on America’s debates over national security, Matthew Yglesias, associate editor of The Atlantic Monthly, presents a critical analysis of progressives’ failure to produce a coherent alternative to the conservative approach to foreign policy. Conventional examinations of progressives’ political difficulties in dealing with the national security issue focus on a perceived lack of “toughness.” Heads in the Sand proposes a different theory: that progressives have had difficulty taking full advantage of the Bush administration’s failures because they’ve largely avoided arguing on the strategic level.
Rand Beers, President of the National Security Network and Kurt Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security and co-author [with Michael O'Hanlon -- MY] of Hard Power: The New Politics of National Security, will offer a critical analysis of the book’s argument from their perspectives as the leaders of two institutions working to engage in America’s national security and defense policy debates.
It should be awesome. My fellow panelists have a lot more playoff experience and veteran savvy so I’m hoping to steal home court advantage by packing the arena with blog readers. The event is from noon to 1:30 PM at CAP HQ, 1333 H Street NW so if you have the kind of job that lets you count attending think tank events as working, or if you work in the neighborhood and can take some time over lunch, please come out. Click here to RSVP.