Leo Strauss' Lasting Influence on U.S. Policy

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By some accounts, the U.S. road to Iraq can be traced back to Leo Strauss, a refugee of Nazi Germany who taught political philosophy at the University of Chicago in the 1950s and '60s. We explore the lasting impact of his unique worldview.


Anne Norton, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania; author, Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire (Yale University Press, 2004).

William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard.

Nicholas Xenos, professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; working on a book about Leo Strauss.



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