American Umpire

Film Screening
August 23, 2016
4:00PM to 6:00PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Featuring Elizabeth Cobbs, Producer and Writer, American Umpire; with comments by Derek Chollet, Counselor and Senior Advisor, Security and Defense Policy, German Marshall Fund; Heather Hurlburt, Director of New Models of Policy Change, New America; and Thomas Wright, Fellow and Director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
Since the end of World War II, the United States has played a unique role in the world. It defended war-ravaged nations, enabling them to rebuild, and led a global coalition during the Cold War. Today it continues to provide security for other nations against a number of threats, from a rising China to non-state actors such as ISIS and al Qaeda. Washington also tries to adjudicate disputes, much as a baseball umpire ensures that the players obey the rules of the game.

The United States and the rest of the world have benefited, but it has come at a cost. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have caused millions of Americans to question the nation’s global role. A new documentary, American Umpire, explores how the United States assumed these responsibilities in the first place. Then, through a series of interviews with prominent policymakers, scholars, military leaders, and journalists, it considers possible options for the future. Writer and producer Elizabeth Cobbs will join us for a special screening of the film, followed by a discussion, with a distinguished panel of experts, of its implications for U.S. foreign policy. Please join us.

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