Stephen Walt recently criticized the upcoming foreign policy think tank annual conferences for their lack of imagination and failure to include dissenting and unconventional views:
I’ve been looking over the programs for these three gatherings, and my first impulse is to yawn. Instead of a diverse array of speakers offering fresh ideas, or a clash of divergent world-views and policy prescriptions, the programs for all these events are heavily populated by the usual suspects: prominent foreign-policy practitioners, policy wonks, and public figures whose views are already familiar to anyone who’s been paying attention to the travails of U.S. foreign policy.
Fortunately, Prof. Walt is in luck. There will be at least one conference this year that includes a number of alternative foreign policy views from across the political spectrum, and it will be taking place next Tuesday morning at George Washington University. The conference is called “The New Internationalism: A conference on foreign policy after Iraq and Afghanistan.” It is co-sponsored by The American Conservative, The American Prospect, and GWU’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies.
I have the privilege of moderating the first panel on Tuesday morning, which will also include TAC contributor William Lind, Prof. Daniel Drezner of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Matt Duss of the Center for American Progress and The American Prospect. Barry Posen, author of the new book Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, will be speaking shortly after the conclusion of our panel. The full schedule for the conference can be found here, and those that would like to attend can register for the conference here. I encourage you to attend if you are able, and I look forward to seeing many of you next week.