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Political Theory Institute- Cost/Benefit of American Global Leadership

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Political Theory Institute- Cost/Benefit of American Global Leadership
October 4, 2012 8:00 pm
October 4, 2012 10:00 pm
Political Theory Institute
October 1, 2012
Butler Board Room at American University
1414 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63104, United States

The Janus Forum aims to bring public intellectuals with diverse points of view to campus to tackle important public policy issues in a probing yet respectful conversation and in the light of the deepest theoretical questions. In a world dominated by sound bites and ad hominem attacks, we aim to overcome the self-imposed echo chambers that plague contemporary political discourse.


The first debate is:


“Are the Benefits of American Global Leadership Worth the Costs?”

Christopher Preble, Cato Institute v. Jamie Fly, Foreign Policy Initiative

Butler Board Room
Thursday, October 4, 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Speakers’ bios are below. To RSVP for the debate, please email


Christopher A. Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. His latest book is The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free. Preble is also the lead author of Exiting Iraq: How the U.S. Must End the Occupation and Renew the War against Al Qaeda (Cato Institute, 2004). In addition to his books, Preble has published over 150 articles in major publications including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, National Review, The National Interest, the Harvard International Review, and Foreign Policy. He is a frequent guest on television and radio. Before joining Cato in February 2003, he taught history at St. Cloud State University and Temple University. Preble was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, and served on board USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) from 1990 to 1993. Preble holds a PhD in history from Temple University.



Jamie Fly is the Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI). Prior to joining FPI, Mr. Fly served in the Bush administration at the National Security Council and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was Director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council. Prior to his service in government, Mr. Fly worked for the Republican National Committee on President Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign. Mr. Fly was a 2004 German Marshall Fund Manfred Wörner Fellow, 2009 Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow, and he participated in the 2004 Aspen Institute Berlin’s Transatlantic Young Leaders Program, the 2006 Atlantik Brücke German-America Young Leaders Conference, and the 2006 Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance and is a participant in the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s Global Atlanticists Program. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the advisory boards of The Common Sense Society and The Hamilton Society. He blogs regularly at The Weekly Standard blog, Foreign Policy‘s Shadow Government blog, and National Review‘s The Corner. Mr. Fly received an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown and his BA in international studies and political science from American University.

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