Matthew Yglesias -- a known "ringleader-of-sorts for the D.C. blogging community" -- suggests looking past both parties to offer a set of tried-and-true approaches for renewed internationalism and U.S. engagement with the world- The New America Foundation
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Patrick C. Doherty is Deputy Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. The American Strategy Program aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America's interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America's democratic way of life. Mr. Doherty is also Director of the foundation's U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative, which seeks to take advantage of recent developments to move U.S.-Cuba policy in a more sensible direction to the benefit of both countries.
Before joining New America, Mr. Doherty was Director of Communications at the Center for National Policy, a congressionally focused national security think tank. He was also a senior editor at TomPaine.com, an online journal of politics and policy based in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for all content related to national security, macroeconomics, energy, and the environment, and wrote a twice-weekly editorial about America's strategic challenges.
Mr. Doherty previously spent ten years in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and the Caucuses working on conflict management and post-conflict peacebuilding. He served as European Regional Advisor to Catholic Relief Services and as a consultant to the Organization of African Unity in Ethiopia and to the Israeli and the Palestinian Authority’s education ministries.
He also taught African politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mr. Doherty holds a master's degree in security studies from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he was a co-founder of the Institute for Human Security, and a bachelor's degree from the School of International Service at American University.
Matthew Yglesias is the Associate Editor of the Atlantic Monthly and the author of Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats.
Matthew Yglesias, author of Heads in the Sand, addresses the "murky" question of idealism in presidential politics. Yglesias notes that while most politicians claim an idealistic motive, they often are deceptive.
Yglesias cites the McCain campaign which alleges to be a "break from Bushism," but actually is, in Yglesias' opinion, an "intensification of it."