March 6, 2006, 12:30 - 2:00 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
by Robert J. Lieber
RONALD RADOSH, Adjunct Fellow, Moderator
JOHN JUDIS, Senior Editor, The New Republic, Discussant
RON SILVER, Tony Award Winning Actor; Nominee, Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace, Discussant*
MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2006 12:30 P.M. - 2:00 p.m.
( 12:00p.m. Registration and Light Lunch)
In his new book, The American Era: Power and Strategy for the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press), Robert J. Lieber argues why the United States must pursue a grand strategy that explicitly recognizes American preponderance as both necessary and desirable for coping with the perils of the post-9/11 world. First, militant Islamic terrorism combined with weapons of mass destruction pose a new magnitude of threat that require us to alter how we think about the preemptive and even preventive use of force. Second, the UN and other international bodies are incapable of acting on the most urgent and deadly global problems. Third, in an international system with no true central authority, other countries will look to U.S leadership to manage the most dangerous threats since no other country or institution has the ability or will to do so. Robert Kagan has written that The American Era “may be the best book on American foreign policy since September 11.”
ROBERT J. LIEBER, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University , is an authority on American foreign policy and U.S. relations with the Middle East and Europe . The author or editor of fourteen books, Professor Lieber has been a foreign policy advisor to several Democratic presidential campaigns. His articles and op-eds have appeared in numerous publications, including Foreign Policy, International Security, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
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