Meet A. J. Manuzzi, the Society’s Newest Team Member

What are you most excited about in your new role? 

I am most excited to work with our campus chapter network in the South to facilitate intellectual and professional development among talented young minds in the foreign policy space. Furthermore, I look forward to actively taking part in the most important foreign policy discussions facing the nation from a restraint perspective. 

What books on U.S. foreign policy have most influenced your career? 

The two books that have influenced my thinking about my career and U.S. foreign policy are How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr and War is a Racket by Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler. Both of these books construct eloquent histories of American empire and the fundamental role of capital and the military-industrial complex in American foreign policy. I like that these books detail how American exceptionalism and corporate considerations have surpassed more sober analyses of American national interests as drivers of a U.S. foreign policy that works for an unaccountable elite few at the expense of the broader public. Much of what we do at JQAS is about ensuring that people with a vision of restraint are put into positions where they can make the changes they wish to see in U.S. grand strategy, and building new coalitions skeptical of military primacy. These works demonstrate the necessity of elevating and empowering these new voices. 

What is something most people don’t know about you? 

I have a goal to visit all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks. Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and PNC Park are my three favorites so far.