Foreign Policy – Quincy Institute Forum: A New Vision for America in the World

February 26, 2020 | Washington, DC

The FP - Quincy Institute Forum brought together the foremost leaders and thinkers from across the American foreign policy, defense and security communities to explore rising calls for military restraint and a shift in the paradigm for U.S. global leadership and peacebuilding.

Volatility in the Middle East and tensions between the U.S. and Iran have reached a new high, while public frustration with U.S. military involvements and transpartisan calls for restraint suggest a historic opening for a new mode of American foreign policy.

To address these timely and vital concerns, Foreign Policy and the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft cohosted a leadership forum on the future of U.S. foreign policy and national security. Key topics included: Ending endless wars in the Middle East, the impact of the Sino-American antagonism, democratizing foreign policy, and international cooperation in an era of American restraint.

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Event Details
February 26, 2020
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Congressional Auditorium, Capitol Visitor Center
First St NE,
Washington, DC, 20515
Speakers
Ravi Agrawal
Managing Editor, Foreign Policy
Ravi Agrawal is the managing editor of Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as...
Emma Ashford
Research Fellow, CATO Institute
Emma Ashford is a research fellow in Defense and Foreign Policy, with expertise in international security and the politics of energy. She writes about Russia, Europe and the Mi...
Peter Beinart
Professor of Journalism and Political Science, City University of New York
Peter Beinart is Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York. He is also a Contributor to The Atlantic, a CNN...
Representative Andy Biggs
Congressman (AZ-5)
Congressman Andy Biggs is an Arizona native and currently serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He lives in Gilbert with his wife of 35 years, Cindy. The...
Rosa Brooks
Senior Fellow, New America
Rosa Brooks teaches courses on international law, national security, constitutional law and criminal justice. She joined the Law Cen...
Patrick Cronin
Chair for Asia-Pacific Security, Hudson Institute
Dr. Patrick M. Cronin holds a new Chair for Asia-Pacific Security at the Hudson Institute, where he is also a Senior Fellow.  Prior to joining Hudson in January 2019, he was t...
Suzanne DiMaggio
Chairman, Quincy Institute
Suzanne DiMaggio is the Co-Chair of the Quincy Institute, and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on ...
Matt Duss
Foreign-Policy Advisor, Senator Bernie Sanders
Matt Duss is Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders. Prior to joining Senator Sanders' staff in February 2017, he was president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace...
Ambassador Gerald Feierstein (Ret.)
Senior Vice President, Middle East Institute
Amb. (ret.) Gerald Feierstein is senior vice president at MEI. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in May 2016 after a 41-year career with the personal rank of Career Minis...
Mehdi Hasan
Award-winning journalist
Mehdi Hasan is an award-winning British journalist, broadcaster, author and political commentator. He is the presenter of both UpFront and Head to He...
Representative Pramila Jayapal
Congresswoman (WA-07)
Elected in 2016, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is now serving her second term in Congress representing Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its sur...
Representative Ro Khanna
Congressman (CA-17)
Congressman Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving in his second term. Rep. Khanna sits on the H...
Rachel Esplin Odell
Research Fellow, Quincy Institute
Rachel Esplin Odell is an expert in U.S. strategy toward Asia, Chinese foreign policy, and the politics of international law. She is an International Security Fellow at Harvard ...
Trita Parsi
Executive Vice President, Quincy Institute
Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign p...
Mark Perry
Writer, Author and Foreign Policy Analyst
Mark Perry is a writer, foreign policy analyst and author of ten books including Four Stars (The Joint Chiefs of Staff in War and Peace), A Fire In Zion (The ...
General David H. Petraeus (Ret.)
Partner, KKR & Chairman, KKR Global Institute
General (Ret) David H. Petraeus (New York) joined KKR in June 2013 and is Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He was made a Partner at KKR in 2014. He is also a member of the ...
Will Ruger
Vice President, Foreign Policy, Stand Together; Vice President, Research and Policy, Charles Koch Institute
William Ruger is vice president for foreign policy at Stand Toget...
Julianne Smith
Director of the Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States and Foreign-Policy Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden
Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a senior advisor to the president and serves as the director of the Asia Program and the Geopolitics Program at the German Marshall Fund of the U...
Jonathan Tepperman
Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Jonathan Tepperman is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy and the author of The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World’s Worst Problems. Befor...
Stephen Wertheim
Deputy Director of Research and Policy, Quincy Institute
Stephen Wertheim is a historian of the United States in the world. He is Deputy Director of Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute. He is also a Research Scholar at the Sal...
Sarah Leah Whitson
Managing Director for Research and Policy, Quincy Institute
arah Leah Whitson is the incoming Managing Director for Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute (February 2020). Currently, she serves as executive director of Human Rights ...
Thomas Wright
Director, Center on the United States and Europe & Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution
Thomas Wright is the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Instituti...
Agenda
12:30 PM
Guest Arrivals and Registration
1:00 PM
Welcome Remarks
Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Suzanne DiMaggio, Chairman, Quincy Institute
1:05 PM
The View from Congress
Representative Andy Biggs, Congressman (AZ-5)
Representative Pramila Jayapal, Congresswoman (WA-07)
Moderator: Suzanne DiMaggio, Chairman, Quincy Institute
1:30 PM
Perspective on U.S. Global Leadership in the 21st Century: Conversation I
General David H. Petraeus, Partner, KKR & Chairman, KKR Global Institute
Moderator: Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
2:00 PM
Perspective on U.S. Global Leadership in the 21st Century: Conversation II
Rep. Ro Khanna, Congressman (CA-17)
Moderator: Will Ruger, Vice President, Foreign Policy, Stand Together; Vice President, Research and Policy, Charles Koch Institute
2:30 PM
A New Vision for America's Role in the World

A fireside chat with Democratic candidates’ advisors about their vision for America’s foreign policy strategy.

Matt Duss, Foreign Policy Advisor, Senator Bernie Sanders
Julianne Smith, Director of the Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States and Foreign-Policy Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden
Moderator: Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
3:15 PM
Break
3:40 PM
Regional Spotlight: The Middle East

The United States is presently fighting in at least seven countries in the MENA region: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Niger, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. Many of these wars have gone on for years with no end in sight. Does the continuation of these wars make America safer and how should the U.S. military pull back from the region without destabilizing it?

Ambassador Gerald Feierstein (Ret.), Senior Vice President, Middle East Institute
Mark Perry, Author and Writer
Sarah Leah Whitson, Managing Director for Research and Policy, Quincy Institute
Moderator: Mehdi Hasan, award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author and political commentator
4:20 PM
Regional Spotlight: Asia-Pacific

There is widespread agreement in Washington, and among the American public, that China presents one of our most serious foreign policy concerns. Less clear is how the United States can respond to China’s increasingly assertive ambitions, take a stance on human rights and protect U.S. economic and strategic interests without getting ensnared in a competitive downward spiral. This panel will grapple with whether China poses a strategic threat to the United States and how to counterbalance the country’s growing influence around the world.

Peter Beinart, Professor, the City University of New York
Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific Security Chair, Hudson Institute
Rachel Esplin Odell, Research Fellow, Quincy Institute
Moderator: Ravi Agrawal, Managing Editor, Foreign Policy
5:00 PM
Ending Endless War

With American foreign policy at an inflection point, calls for an end to endless war have sprung up across party lines. But can America end its endless wars without shifting to a new paradigm for U.S. global leadership and peacebuilding centered on military restraint? And how would a foreign policy of restraint look like?

Emma Ashford, Research Fellow, CATO Institute
Rosa Brooks, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Stephen Wertheim, Deputy Director of Research and Policy, Quincy Institute
Tom Wright, Director, Center on the United States and Europe & Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution
Moderator: Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President, Quincy Institute
5:45 PM
Adjourn
5:45 PM-7:00 PM
Networking Reception

For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.

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