University of Puget Sound: Foreign Policy and Democracy

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University of Puget Sound: “Values and Interests in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Challenge of Democracy Promotion”


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. Professor Wittes will explore when, 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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 • 5:00 PM
Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center • University of Puget Sound,
Tacoma, WA

Free and open to the public

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Tamara WittesTamara Cofman Wittes is a Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from November 2009 through 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. She writes on U.S. Middle East policy, regional conflict and conflict resolution, the challenges of global democracy, and the future of Arab governance and is the author of Freedom’s Unsteady March: America’s Role in Building Arab Democracy (Brookings Institution Press, 2008). Her current research is for a forthcoming book, Our SOBs, on the tangled history of America’s ties to autocratic allies.

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This event is supported by Jack Miller Center’s Pacific Northwest Initiative: Advancing Education in America’s Founding Principles and History. Thanks to the generous grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is working with faculty to organize exciting campus events in the region. The Initiative also provides programs, conferences and other opportunities for professors in the PNW—all to help them make a difference in the education of their students.



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