Challenging the Status Quo: U.S. Grand Strategy

Stephen Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine. In his writings, he frequently argues that attempting to build democratic institutions through the use of outside military force—which the United States has repeatedly done—usually proves fruitless. He contends that the United States should “Just Say No” to more interventions and attempts at nation building.

In June 2015, Walt joined the Charles Koch Institute for a panel discussion on whether the current U.S. grand strategy was making the country safer, firmly arguing that the status quo in grand strategy was not working.

Next week, Walt will continue this conversation at Advancing American Security: The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy, a conference hosted by the Charles Koch Institute to facilitate an honest and open inquiry into our nation’s foreign policy. During his keynote speech, “Challenging the Status Quo: An Alternative Approach to U.S. Foreign Policy,” Walt will consider the goals and aspirations of America’s forward posture.

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