Webinar – Questioning Assumptions about US Foreign Policy

You are invited to a Webinar conversation with Dr Christopher Preble.

Has the United States been a force for good around the world? Should it be? And if so, how? To answer these questions, Christopher A. Preble traces the history of U.S. foreign policy from the American Founding to the present, examining the ideas that have animated it, asking whether America’s policy choices have made the world safer and freer, and considering the impact of those choices on security and prosperity at home. Preble questions the assumptions that drive American foreign policy in the modern era―especially the assumption that U.S. officials can and should forcibly remake the international order to suit their desires.

Presenter: Christopher Preble

Christopher Preble is the Senior Fellow and Director of the Reimagining US Grand Strategy program at the Stimson Center. In his role, he leads a team of scholars who challenge prevailing assumptions surrounding US foreign policy, and who offer a range of policy options that go beyond the use of force and coercion. His own work focuses on the history of US foreign policy, contemporary US grand strategy and military force posture, alliance relations, and the intersection of trade and national security.

Preble is the author of four books, including Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy (Cato Institute, 2019); and The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous, and Less Free (Cornell University Press, 2009). He co-authored, with John Glaser and A. Trevor Thrall, Fuel to the Fire: How Trump Made America’s Broken Foreign Policy even Worse and How We Can Recover (Cato Institute, 2019), and he has also co-edited several other books and monographs, including A Dangerous World? Threat Perception and U.S. National Security (Cato Institute, 2014), with John Mueller. His work has appeared in major publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Survival, Foreign Policy, National Review, and The National Interest, and he is a frequent guest on television and radio.

In addition to his work at the Stimson Center, Preble co-hosts the “Net Assessment” podcast in the War on the Rocks network, and he teaches US foreign policy at the University of California, Washington Center. He has also taught history at St. Cloud State University and Temple University. He is a non-resident senior fellow with the Center for Strategic Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Prior to joining the Stimson Center, Preble served as Co-Director of the Atlantic Council’s New American Engagement Initiative. He was vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute from 2011 to 2020, and Cato’s director of foreign policy studies from 2003 to 2011. Preble was a commissioned officer in the US Navy. He graduated from George Washington University in 1989 with a BA in history and earned a PhD in history from Temple University in 2002.

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When: Sep 14, 2023 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Thursday, September 14, 2023


6:00 pm


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