Realism and Restraint: America’s New Foreign Policy?

Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/19/18
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs


 Realism and Restraint: America’s New Foreign Policy?

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University

 

The United States has been the dominant global power for over a quarter of a century, yet it has struggled to realize its lofty vision for a more peaceful and prosperous world. Relations with China and Russia have soured, the European Union is wobbling, and violent extremism continues to spread, all in the face of US efforts to maintain international stability. The reason, Stephen Walt argues, lies in America’s sense of omnipotence, which has encouraged successive administrations to pursue ambitious, risky, and often unnecessary foreign policy adventures. Is it time for the United States to develop a more restrained foreign policy outlook? Or would this only invite greater instability?

Copies of Stephen Walt’s latest book, The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.

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Stephen M. Walt

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University

Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He previously taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, where he was master of the social science collegiate division and deputy dean of social sciences. He is the author of The Origins of Alliances; Revolution and War; Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy; and, with John J. Mearsheimer, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. He writes frequently for Foreign Policy. He received a BA from Stanford University and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

 

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