A perspective on today
Five of the participants in the film discuss the insights from Statecraft and how they apply today. Special thanks to the George and Judy Marcus Democracy Praxis Fund for sponsoring this event.
Experts discuss the film
Watch as experts discuss discuss what the film teaches us about the Bush 41 presidency and U.S. foreign relations. Special thanks to the George and Judy Marcus Democracy Praxis Fund for sponsoring this event.
About the film
“The more I study the end of the Cold War,” says historian Jeffrey Engel at the beginning of Statecraft, “the more amazed I am that we're all still alive.”
Statecraft examines the Cold War struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States and how the foreign policy team of President George H. W. Bush guided the country. The film explores the challenges of a series of major upheavals through the recollections of the individuals who faced them. Finally, it considers the legacy—both positive and negative—of this consequential American presidency.
The invasion of Panama
A series of errors that preceded the December 1989 invasion to remove Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega taught the Bush foreign-policy team important lessons
The fall of the Berlin Wall
On November 9, 1989, the “Iron Curtain” came down, and the Berlin Wall was transformed overnight. What followed was many months of hard-charging U.S. diplomacy to reunify East and West Germany
Gorbachev and the USSR
Skeptical at first, President Bush eventually came to believe in his Soviet counterpart, but eventually the USSR collapsed anyway
The Bush Presidency
Detailed essays on George H. W. Bush's life, campaigns, domestic policy, and foreign policy, plus information on key events and his administration
The George H. W. Bush Presidential Oral History
Forty-four interviews and roughly 425 hours of recorded conversations with Cabinet members, senior presidential staff members, transition aides, and campaign advisers
Meet the filmmaker
Lori Shinseki has worked in documentary film production for more than 20 years. Before Statecraft, she directed The Twinning Reaction, the disturbing story of identical twins separated in infancy and secretly studied by psychologists in the 1960s. Shinseki co-produced the HBO film Wartorn 1861–2010 and the PBS FRONTLINE series Missile Wars. She has served as associate producer on numerous other FRONTLINE programs and on Bill Moyers’ Emmy-winning documentary Trade Secrets. A graduate of Duke University, Shinseki earned her MA from Stanford University. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Tim Heaphy, and their three children.