Debating Non-Interventionism in U.S. Foreign Policy (video)

November 3, 2011 by  

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On November 3, 2011, CSS hosted a forum about the use of military force and America’s proper role in the world.

Forum participants:

Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
United States Senator

Kurt Volker
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO 

Jamie Fly
Executive Director, The Foreign Policy Initiative

Benjamin Friedman
Research Fellow, The Cato Institute

Brian Kennedy
President, The Claremont Institute

Marion Smith
President, The Common Sense Society (moderator)

The American public, the conservative movement, and—it often seems—the Obama administration are divided over foreign policy. There’s little rhyme or reason to U.S. actions abroad. We are leaving Iraq, entering Uganda, and toppling foreign leaders while “leading from behind.” Across-the-board defense cuts loom, but the country has no national-security strategy to match this budget path. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidates offer varied and inchoate views about American statecraft.

At this moment of ambiguity, here are some of the questions we should be asking:  How should our finances affect our foreign policy? What role should the military play in advancing the cause of freedom abroad? Which is the greater danger: American retreat from the world, or American overextension?


Watch video of the event:

Special thanks to National Review Institute for supporting this event.


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