A Multilateral Moment: A New US Foreign Policy?
Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) and Prof. Paul Schroeder
Published: Monday, April 19, 2010
This is a lecture co-sponsored by the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History and the Burkle Center for International Relations.
General Wesley K. Clark (ret.) is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center. Paul Schroeder is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Illinois.
Prof. Paul Schroeder beings the talk with these issues:
- Overarching theme: histories of the international system and American foreign policy system are individual success stories...although the connection between these two systems is not as successful.
- Perceptions and instances of peace interrupted by war.
- Individual self-restraint and institutionalized collective constraint.
- What constitutes America’s success. America as a rent collector.
- What America needs.
General Wesley K. Clark:
- Brief comments on 2008 presidential campaign.
- Obama’s prioritization of policy (above politics), safety, and public diplomacy.
- Obama’s multilateral style, and how maintaining it bears difficulties.
- Policies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Vietnam.
- Uncertainty between Israelis and Palestinians.
- Eastern European nations’ rationales for NATO membership.
- How economic events have affected policy.
- Worries for the future.
- Duck feet analogy to foreign policy - represents persistence of international problems.