Anatol Lieven and John Hulsman talk about their book, Ethical Realism: A Vision for America's Role in the World, published by Pantheon. They outline a foreign policy approach to restore America's credibility and legitimacy in the world, while advancing American interests without apology or hesitation. They discuss their vision for a new foreign policy based on the ideas of realists like George Kennan and Reinhold Niebuhr. Lawrence Kaplan and Joseph Cirincione then comment on the book. All of the panelists respond to questions from members of the audience.
Joseph Cirincione is President of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He has served as Vice President at the Center for American Progress and Director for Nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He teaches at the graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Cirincione worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations. He is the author of hundreds of articles on nuclear weapons issues, the producer of two DVDs, a frequent commentator in the media, and he appeared in the film, Why We Fight.
He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. John C. Hulsman
John Hulsman is a former senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a contributing editor to The National Interest. He advises congressional leaders from both parties on foreign policy issues and makes regular appearances on ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and the BBC.
Lawrence F. Kaplan
Lawrence F. Kaplan is senior editor at The New Republic, where he writes about U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. A graduate of Columbia University, Oxford, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Mr. Kaplan also writes about foreign policy for Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. Before coming to TNR, he was executive editor of The National Interest, the foreign policy journal published by Irving Kristol.
A former senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Anatol Lieven previously covered Central Europe for The Financial Times; Pakistan, Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union and Russia for The Times (London); and India as a freelance journalist. He was also an editor at the International Institute for Strategic studies in London, where he worked for the Eastern Services of the BBC.
Mr. Lieven is the author of numerous books on foreign policy, including The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (1993), which won the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Yale University Press Governors' Award. His latest book is America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (2004). Mr. Lieven has a B.A. in history and a Ph.D. in political science from Jesus College Cambridge. As a Senior Research Fellow with the New America Foundation, Mr. Lieven focuses on U.S. global strategy and the war on terror.
Justin Logan is a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute. His primary research interests are nuclear proliferation, democracy promotion, and U.S. foreign policy toward China, Russia, and South and Central Asia. As a research assistant, he surveyed the modern history of Taiwan and the cross-Strait military balance for Ted Galen Carpenter's book, America's Coming War with China. His writing has appeared in Orbis, the Foreign Service Journal, The American Conservative, Reason, The American Prospect, the Baltimore Sun, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Washington Times.