What is the proper global role for the United States in the 21st Century? Since World War II, the United States, as the most powerful state, has chosen to be deeply engaged in the world. The bi-partisan consensus in support of this role has recently shown signs of wear. President Donald Trump criticized it, and won. In America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century, Stephen G. Brooks and William C. Wohlforth make a powerful case that America should continue its strategy of deep engagement. But what are the merits of an alternative approach, a grand strategy of restraint? Please join us as we discuss competing ideas about the future of U.S. foreign policy.
For decades we have enhanced presidential powers to make war quickly, or even whimsically. The culprit is not just Congress’ abdication of its powers but military largesse. Cato scholar Benjamin H. Friedman argues that there is no strategic rationale for increasing military spending, and it is time to reconsider these budgets in light of recent political developments.