Thu, Oct 22 | Zoom

Virtual Member Coffee + Discussion Group: Endless Wars or Off-Shore Balancing? Rethinking the goals of US Foreign Policy

What is the best use of US power? To promote democracy? Protect allies, innocent civilians, or maintain a stable balance of power? We will discuss these questions in advance of Trita Parsi's lecture on October 28th. This event is free and open to WACM members only. RSVP required.
Registration is now FULL. Please join us next month!

Time & Location

Oct 22, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Zoom

About The Event

The WACM Coffee and Discussion Group is an informal monthly gathering to chat about global topics of current interest in a small group setting. No quizzes, no competitions of knowledge - participate or just listen! This event is designed to engage everyone from the world affairs expert to the foreign affairs greenhorn. 

Suggested background readings here:

1) Wertheim, Stephen. 2020. “Opinion | America Has No Reason to Be So Powerful.” The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/15/opinion/america-global-power.html (October 15, 2020).

2) Parsi, Trita. 2020. “The Israel-U.A.E. Deal Puts the ‘Forever’ in ‘Forever War.’” The New Republic. https://newrepublic.com/article/159010/trump-israel-iran-mideast-forever-war (October 15, 2020).

3) Walt, Stephen M. 2019. “The End of Hubris.” https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2019-04-16/end-hubris (October 15, 2020).

Background on the paradigmatic debate (Neo-realist foreign policy versus the putative neoconservative/liberal interventionist alliance) Joyner, James. 2011. “How Perpetual War Became U.S. Ideology.” The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/05/how-perpetual-war-became-us-ideology/238600/ (October 15, 2020).

A webcast on the Quincy Institute - Heffner, Alexander. 2019. “Statecraft of Peace.” The American Prospect. https://prospect.org/api/content/e73fa338-e923-11e9-9843-12f1225286c6/ (October 15, 2020).

If you find an article relevant to the discussion, we encourage you to email it to info@wacmaine.org for distribution to the group.

Registration is now FULL. Please join us next month!

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