The Brookings Institution is hoping for vigorous, civil and constructive debate surrounding America’s foreign policy at UNLV on Monday.
Conversation will address the changing role of America’s military. It’s the second debate in a series presented by the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program and the Charles Koch Institute.
“Many people perceive it to be an unlikely partnership, but we hope that brings more people out,” said Tarun Chhabra, a fellow in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution. “That’s the point — institutions that you wouldn’t normally think of as coming together can come together and model this kind of vigorous and civil debate.”
Chhabra said the conversation might turn to the number of and need for U.S. troops deployed abroad, expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or the topic of military officials in traditionally civilian positions, like the White House Chief of Staff.
“I think a critique of foreign policy is that in Washington, we spend a lot of time debating each other, but not necessarily on the big questions that a lot of Americans want answers to,” Chhabra said. “This is one of many new ventures in Washington to try to break out of the traditional foreign policy discourse.”
Other debates in the series will focus on U.S.-China relations; U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East; the future of U.S. trade policy and the future of U.S.-Russia relations.
“There’s a public hunger for more debate on U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East,” Chhabra said, adding that they’ve asked people to participate in Monday’s debate who will likely disagree with one another.
When: 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11
Where: Greenspun Hall auditorium, UNLV
— John Allen, president of the Brookings Institution
— Michael Desch, director of the International Security Center, University of Notre Dame
— Eugene Gholz, associate professor of political science, University of Notre Dame
— Mara Karlin, nonresident senior fellow, the Brookings Institution
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