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A Multilateral Moment: A New US Foreign Policy?

A Multilateral Moment: A New US Foreign Policy?

Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) and Prof. Paul Schroeder

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Duration: 01:20:26

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.

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