The toughest issue in foreign policy is when, where and how to intervene in the affairs of other countries – and when to walk away. Given America’s role as a global leader, the question arises for U.S. leaders again and again.
The participants of the conference on America’s Role in the World®, the country’s premier nonpartisan foreign policy conference, have been reporting the news or asked to comment on news stories on a range of topics, from national security to the role of diplomacy to COVID-19 to the climate crisis.
The U.S. has been the world’s leader for decades in promoting democracy, political liberalization, free trade and collective security. For the most part, Americans support that role, but many are wondering about its costs, and are growing ambivalent about our global engagement.
It’s frequently observed that Americans don’t closely follow international affairs. That may be true, but my experience, over a period of decades, suggests most Americans appreciate the importance of our foreign policy and have a clear-eyed and sensible view of our nation’s role in the world.
Wide-ranging and engaging panels on climate change, national security in the 2020s, and presidential elections, in addition to compelling conversations with Ambassador William J. Burns and Senator Todd Young, animated the Hamilton Lugar School’s fifth annual conference on America’s Role in the World®, which concluded on Friday with IU President Michael A. McRobbie presenting the… Read more »
During a panel at the Hamilton Lugar School’s conference on America’s Role in the World®, political consultant and founder of North Star Opinion Research Whit Ayres pointed to the years 1968, 2002, 2004, and 2006 as all times when foreign policy helped determine the outcome of a Congressional or presidential election, as the United States… Read more »
During the inaugural Richard G. Lugar Lecture, Senator Todd Young made the case for global engagement and strong US leadership so that the 21st century is another American century.
During an illuminating session at the conference on America’s Role in the World®, journalist Susan Glasser began her conversation with Ambassador William Burns, who retired from the Foreign Service after a thirty-three year career, about a recent article he wrote for Foreign Affairs titled “The Demolition of US Diplomacy.”
As China worked to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the Hamilton Lugar School hosted a particularly timely panel on US-China relations as part of the conference on America’s Role in the World® that analyzed the origins and future of the complicated relationship between the two nations.
The second panel of the conference on America’s Role in the World® considered the numerous national security challenges we will face in the next ten years, a list that includes not just terrorism but also cybersecurity hacks, the nuclear capabilities of North Korea and Iran, the reach of China’s techno-authoritarian program, resource conflicts, and the… Read more »