An influential, bipartisan group of lawmakers and policy experts are set to discuss the major foreign policy challenges for the 112th Congress next week. The Foreign Policy Initiative's annual forum, Restoring America's Leadership of a Democratic World, has already been generating a fair share of buzz.
At the forum, Rep. Buck McKeon, prospective front-runner for Ike Skelton's spot atop the House Armed Services Committee, will roll out the blueprints for a new way forward on national security and defense. Joseph Lieberman is expected to lay out a framework for finishing the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan. On Monday, John McCain will give a keynote on America's unique role in foreign policy. On Tuesday, former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Anzar will deliver a keynote speech on a related topic -"Challenges to the West." Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia (and noted thorn in Vladimir Putin's side) Boris Nemstov will also deliver remarks.
The official announcement (with RSVP info) is below. THE WEEKLY STANDARD's Lee Smith and Bill Kristol are set to moderate panels and discussions.
In past decades, there has been no question as to where America stood in the hierarchy of world powers, but in today’s era of financial crises, terrorism, and rising autocratic states, American leadership is being questioned. Given the rise of globalization, advances in communications, and the new, interwoven global economy, the implications of a U.S. retreat from its global responsibilities in the face of threats at home and abroad could be severe.
The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) invites you to the 2010 FPI Forum on November 15 and 16, to hear leading experts weigh in on the theme of Restoring America’s Leadership of a Democratic World. Panels will discuss the impact of China’s rise on U.S. foreign policy, U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, the fight for the promotion of democracy & human rights, and recent developments in the Middle East. Members of Congress, administration officials and other speakers will discuss foreign policy in the 112th Congress, the challenge to the West, and prospects for success in Afghanistan.