Bucklin presented his paper titled, "Can We Teach Them to Elect Good Men? The Application of Military Force in Mexico and Iraq," at the Oxford Round Table at the historic Oxford Union at Oxford University on Aug. 17, 2006. Bucklin's paper compared President Woodrow Wilson's efforts to democratize Mexico from 1913-1917 with President George W. Bush's ongoing efforts to do the same in Iraq.
"The invitation to speak at Oxford was a wonderful opportunity. To have the talk published is a deeply satisfying reward," said Bucklin. "The subject matter is timely and I hope the article finds an audience that reads and reflects on the unintended consequences of U.S. efforts to export democracy."
Bucklin is a native South Dakotan. Born in Huron, he received a B.A. and M.A. from USD and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1993. Bucklin has published two books and several articles on U.S. diplomatic history and South Dakota history. He is a full professor of history at USD.
Kate Kimball, assistant editor of the Forum on Public Policy, noted that Bucklin's "contribution was found to meet the several criteria of the referees and in particular was marked as a paper that advanced the extant knowledge pertaining to the topic."�
Bucklin is currently working on a book-length treatment of the subject.
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