Conservative Nationalism and American Foreign Policy

An America’s Founding and Future Lecture

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 4:30 pm

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

Respondents: William Anthony Hay, 2019-2020 Garwood Visiting Fellow; Professor of History, Mississippi State University; Michael A. ReynoldsAssociate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

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.  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.