Book Forum

Gullible Superpower: U.S. Support for Bogus Foreign Democratic Movements

(Cato Institute, 2019)

February 21, 2019 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Featuring the author Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; with comments by Jacob Heilbrunn, Editor, the National Interest; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

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The first few generations of American leaders made a sharp distinction between advancing the legitimate interests of the republic and taking on foreign causes that purported to overthrow tyrannical rule and establish democratic systems based on respect for fundamental rights. Within the last half‐​century, however, a number of foreign insurgent groups have been able to manipulate U.S. policymakers and opinion leaders into supporting their causes. Sometimes those efforts have even entangled the U.S. military in bloody, unnecessary, and morally dubious wars, as in Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.

In Gullible Superpower, Cato Senior Fellow Ted Galen Carpenter examines the most prominent cases in which well‐​meaning Americans have ended up supporting misguided policies. He underscores the need for future U.S. leaders to adopt a policy of skepticism and restraint toward foreign movements that purport to embrace democracy.

Join us Thursday, February 21, as Carpenter discusses his book, with additional comments by Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest.