Sen. Rand Paul will keynote the TAC foreign policy conference (Rich Koele/Shutterstock)

Today (Thursday November 15) in the US Senate (Hart Room 902), The American Conservative hosts a foreign policy conference that has an incredible line-up of speakers, including includes Senator Rand Paul, Michael Anton, Col. Douglas Macgregor, Dan McCarthy, Harry Kasianis, Jim Antle, and many more. 

If you’re interested in following the event, we’ll be live streaming from 8:30 – 3:00pm Eastern at, (Sen. Paul’s keynote is at 10am) and our Twitter hashtag is TAC_CON


American Allies & Interests: Assessing Trump’s Foreign Policy Midterm

November 15, 2018, Hart Senate Building, Washington DC.

November 2018 will mark the two-year anniversary of the election of President Donald Trump. The American Conservative’s fifth annual foreign-policy conference promises to be a thoughtful, provocative conversation about the president’s foreign-affairs strategy—and the effectiveness of its deployment to date. Are we really putting “America First”? Can Congress reclaim oversight over foreign conflicts? How do our veterans view the quiet “forever war”? The event will feature keynote speaker Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and convene an impressive roster of other leaders, scholars, policy strategists, and journalists.

For more information and to register, please Click Here

8:30– Doors Open

8:45 –Opening remarks: John Burtka IV, Executive Director, The American Conservative.

Introductions: W. James Antle III, Editor, The American Conservative magazine.

9:00-9:45 — Taking Back Congressional War Powers: Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the AUMF

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colorado)

U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-California)

Moderator: Bruce Fein, Constitutional scholar and attorney.

10:00 to 10:45 a.m. — Keynote: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky

10:45 to 11:45 — Veterans and the Forever War: Recent vets on military reform and U.S. foreign policy

Gil Barndollar (Marines), Center for the National Interest

Jeff Groom (Marines)

Daniel Davis (Army), Defense Priorities

John Q. Bolton (Army)

Dan Grazier (Marines), The Center for Defense Information at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO).

Moderator: (Ret.) Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, College of William & Mary, former U.S. Army, State Department

11:45-12 p.m. — Lunch

12:00-1:00 p.m. — Trump Politics and Foreign Policy Realism: A Media View

W. James Antle III, The American Conservative

Kelly Jane Torrance, The Weekly Standard

Michael Anton, former Trump White House

Moderator: Dan McCarthy,  Modern Age

1:00-2:00 p.m– Middle East (In)Stability: Telling the Difference Between Friends and Frenemies

Daniel Larison, The American Conservative

Trita Parsi, National Iranian-American Council founder

Joshua Landis, University of Oklahoma

Paul Pillar, Georgetown University

Abbas Kadhim: SAIS-Johns Hopkins University

Moderator: Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, The American Conservative

2:00-3:00 p.m.– The Future Asian Power Politics: Is Trump Gaining or Losing Ground for the U.S.?

Doug Bandow, Cato Institute

Harry Kazianis, Center for The National Interest

(Ret.) Col. Doug Macgregor, author and commentator

Moderator: Benjamin Friedman, George Washington University