YPFP NY: The Intervention Calculation: An Event with Foreign Policy Association and Scholastic
On April 4, 2013, at the Scholastic Auditorium, a room full of policy wonks and young professionals paged through a current events magazine geared toward middle school students, Junior Scholastic, by way of introduction to the evening's main event. YPFP NY, Foreign Policy Association (FPA), and Scholastic joined together to convene a special screening of "The Intervention Calculation," a 30-minute documentary examination of American intervention policy featuring U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, former head of policy planning at the State Department Anne-Marie Slaughter, Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other key figures in policy debates.
The United States, for better or worse, is often seen as the world's policeman. But the question of when to intervene in other nations' affairs with military force has long stymied American policymakers, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Libya and Syria. Why do we intervene in some conflicts and stand on the sidelines in others?
The aim of FPA's Great Decision documentary series echoes the goals of Scholastic's educational magazines: making international affairs and foreign policy more accessible and inclusive. Just as Scholastic Junior magazine aims to make current news and international affairs more accessible to middle school students, connecting classroom discussion to the broader world, so too does FPA's Great Decision series aim to bring global affairs closer to home.
The film screening was followed by a discussion session with Washington Post and Foreign Policy Magazine UN correspondent Colum Lynch and Foreign Affairs managing editor Jonathan Tepperman.
Eve Ahearn is Associate Director of Communications for YPFP New York.
Event photos courtesy of Foreign Policy Association.