Conservative Nationalism and American Foreign Policy

An America’s Founding and Future Lecture

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 4:30 pm

Colin Dueck *01, Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University; Non-Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

In his latest book, Age of Iron, Colin Dueck explores the past, present, and future of Republican foreign policy nationalism.  He argues that American conservatives and Republican presidents from Theodore Roosevelt onward have always struck balances between nationalist and internationalist impulses. Professor Dueck offers an assessment of the Trump administration’s foreign policy, including analysis of populist conservative political trends.  Finally, he offers recommendations for current US national security policy, based upon the recognition that the post-Cold War Wilsonian moment is over.

Colin Dueck *01 is a Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, and a non-resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has worked as a foreign policy adviser on several Republican presidential campaigns, and acted as a consultant for the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council. Professor Dueck has published four books on American foreign and national security policies: Reluctant Crusaders: Power, Culture, and Change in American Grand Strategy (Princeton 2006), Hard Line: The Republican Party and U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II(Princeton 2010), The Obama Doctrine: American Grand Strategy Today (Oxford 2015), and Age of Iron: On Conservative Nationalism (Oxford 2019). He recieved his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, his M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, and his B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Saskatchewan.