Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World

(Pantheon, 2006)

Book Forum
October 10, 2006 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT


Featuring the authors Anatol Lieven, New America Foundation; John Hulsman, German Council on Foreign Relations; with comments by Lawrence Kaplan, The New Republic; and Joseph Cirincione, Center for American Progress.

Since September 11, but particularly in the wake of the Iraq war, many Americans have been asking questions about the foundations of U.S. foreign policy. Foreign policy realists base their approach to foreign policy on long-standing American traditions, but they have yet to set forward a compelling alternative vision for national security that will appeal to idealistic Americans. In Ethical Realism, Anatol Lieven, former Financial Times foreign correspondent, and John Hulsman, recently of the Heritage Foundation, sketch out a foreign policy framework based on the philosophy of American scholars and statesmen from Hans Morgenthau to George F. Kennan, outlining an approach that promises to restore America's credibility and legitimacy in the world, while advancing American interests without apology or hesitation. Please join us for a lively discussion with the authors and our two distinguished commentators.