War, Liberalism, and the Future of American Foreign Policy

16 Jun

the-good-fight.jpgWhat should a liberal foreign policy look like?  Humanitarianism or security?  Intervention or realism?  Of course, these concerns aren't necessarily mutually exclusive, but they do represent some of the tensions between competing foreign policy visions.  The New Republic's Editor-at-Large Peter Beinart has written a new book called The Good Fight that outlines his vision of a liberal foreign policy, one which he ties to the history of Cold War liberalism and its challenge to the threat of Communism.  Beinart, and his magazine, supported the war in Iraq but have since argued that supporting the war was a mistake, though America needs to finish what it started in Iraq, lest the country fall into civil war.   

American Prospect editor Micheal Tomasky debates the ideas put forth in The Good Fight(and Beinart's previous criticism of liberals in the early days of the Iraq War) with the author over at Slate.  Completing the lefty-magazine editor trifecta, Nation editor Katrina Van Heuval considers—and heavily criticizes—Beinart's liberal call-to-arms in a post at her blog on the Nation's website.

The Brookings Institution recently hosted an interesting discussion of the book between Peter Beinart and Tod Lindberg of the conservative Hoover Institution, moderated by E.J. Dionne. Read the trancript here.


One Response to “War, Liberalism, and the Future of American Foreign Policy”


  1. On Radicals and Democratic Deficits « Pax Americana: Culture, Politics, and Ineffectual Debate - August 9, 2007

    […] failures, but I also think a bit of ahistoricism is a good thing.  Like Peter Beinert’s The Good Fight, these sorts of books are less about real historical accounting than creating new narratives for […]

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