Does US foreign policy exist?
During a trip to Asia in 2014 President Obama reportedly took umbrage at what he considered unfair criticism of his approach to foreign policy. He had clear ideas, he countered, about how to manage America's interests in the world and they centred on the concept of 'not doing stupid stuff.'
Some have questioned whether that is a sufficient guiding principle when managing a programme of international relations of the world's pre-eminent power. Has 'leading from behind' merely led to a worsening security situation across a raft of international threats? Is America's 'shrinking foreign policy' a product of irreversible international structural trends or the deliberate choice of a President focused on domestic reform?
To discuss this topic we are delighted to welcome Professor Joseph Loconte, an Associate Professor of History at The King's College in New York City, where he teaches American foreign policy and Western civilization. He previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, has testified before Congress on International human rights and served as a human rights expert on the 2005 Congressional Task Force.
The event is at the House of Commons, Committee Room 9. Please arrive via the Cromwell Green entrance (see map below: entrance 8) and allow 15 minutes to pass through security. You will walk through the magnificent Westminster Hall and up on to the Committee Corridor. Members of staff from the Palace of Westminster will be able to direct you if you need assistance.
London SW1A 0AA
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