Foreign Policy

Brookings Institution and Stand Together Trust launch new foreign policy debate series with Politico 

November 30, 2017

UNLV to Host Upcoming Debate Featuring Brookings President John Allen, hosted by Politico’s Susan Glasser

DATE: November 30, 2017

Las Vegas, Nevada—The Brookings Institution and Stand Together Trust have announced today the launch of a new foreign policy debate series in conjunction with Politico. The debate series, America’s Role in the World, will be held in cities around the United States with the purposes of fostering a vigorous, civil and constructive national discussion on the future of American foreign policy.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) will host the latest event in the “America’s Changing Role in the World: A Debate” series. The debate, entitled “The Changing Role of America’s Military,” will take place on December 11 at 7 p.m. (PST) in UNLV’s Greenspun Hall Auditorium.

The debate will be moderated by Susan Glasser, chief international affairs columnist at Politico and host of The Global Politico podcast, and Masha Saedi, reporter at KTNV Action News in Las Vegas. Participants include:

  • John R. Allen, president, Brookings Institution, retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
  • Michael Desch, director, International Security Center, University of Notre Dame.
  • Eugene Gholz, associate professor of political science, University of Notre Dame.
  • Mara Karlin, nonresident senior fellow, Security and Strategy, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution.

The event is open to the public. RSVP to attend or watch online:

“We are excited to work with the Brookings Institution, Stand Together Trust and Politico to host this important effort to enhance the national dialogue around the security issues facing our country,” said Robert E. Lang, executive director, Brookings Mountain West, UNLV. “We know all too well that foreign policy doesn’t just happen in Washington. Nevada hosts some of the most critical military facilities in the country, cutting edge leadership in areas like cybersecurity, millions of visitors from around the world, and is home to thousands of refugees who have come here to start a new life. These issues are at the forefront of our daily lives and we welcome this opportunity to further this important conversation.”

“This is a crucial time for serious debate about the future of our foreign policy—serious, open, and civil debate that can challenge assumptions and speak to fresh thinking,” said Bruce Jones, vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. “We’re delighted to be building on our partnership with UNLV to engage in this debate in Nevada together with Stand Together Trust and Politico.”

“We have arrived at a moment where the American public is concerned and questioning whether recent military engagements have made our country and the world safer,” said Will Ruger, vice president for research and policy at Stand Together Trust. “There is a need to broaden the foreign policy debate, hear from new voices and consider new alternatives.”

This event is the second in a series of thematic debates on America’s role in the world since the series launched in November at an event in St. Louis. The series will continue into 2018 in Atlanta, Detroit and other cities.


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