Lecture: "Values and Interests in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Challenge of Democracy Promotion"

Join us for the second lecture in the Founding Principles in American Foreign Policy Lecture Series.

America's founders envisioned a new experiment in republican government that would not only transform their nation, but would offer up its vibrant democracy as an example to others. Since America's rise as a global power in the 20th century, presidents of both parties have struggled over the place of this country's democratic values in its foreign policy. Tamara Cofman Wittes will explore when, and why, and how the United States began actively to implement the promotion of democracy abroad as part of its foreign policy mission, what successes and challenges this endeavor has met with in recent times, and why the commitment to values in U.S. foreign policy endures despite failures, hypocrisies, and controversy.

Wittes is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. Wittes served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from November of 2009 to January 2012, coordinating U.S. policy on democracy and human rights in the Middle East during the Arab uprisings. Wittes also oversaw the Middle East Partnership Initiative and served as deputy special coordinator for Middle East transitions. This event is made possible by the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

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