United States foreign policy regarding terrorism, China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and international trade are at the center of the election debate this year. Professor Henry Nau, the author of Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan, has offered a framework for thinking about these geopolitical challenges. Avoiding the twin perils of overstretch and retrenchment, Professor Nau believes that the combination of force, diplomacy, and compromise used by these four presidents is the surest path to securing America’s interests while also promoting freedom. During this Teleforum, Professor Nau discussed his book, this year’s election, and how foreign policymakers should be thinking about America’s role in the world.
- Professor Henry R. Nau, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University.
- Matthew R.A. Heiman, Vice President, Chief Compliance & Audit Officer, Tyco International