(POSTPONED) Conservative Nationalism and American Foreign Policy

An America’s Founding and Future Lecture

March 26, 2020


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, James Madison Program, Princeton University; 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. 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.

William Anthony Hay is 2019-2020 James Madison Program Garwood Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, and Professor of History at Mississippi State University where he specializes in British History, International Relations, and the Atlantic World over the long eighteenth century. His books include Lord Liverpool: A Political Life (2018) and The Whig Revival, 1808-1830 (2005), and he is currently writing a book entitled King George’s Generals: Strategy, Policy and Britain’s War for America, 1763-1781. Elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2009, he is a past-president of the Southern Conference on British Studies. Along with research grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Earhart Foundation, he has held fellowships at the Lewis Walpole Library and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. Professor Hay holds a Ph.D. in Modern European and International History and an M.A. in European History from the University of Virginia. He graduated with honors with a B.A. in History from the University of the South.

Michael A. Reynolds is associate professor of Near Eastern Studies. He is the author of Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), co-winner of the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize, a Financial Times book of the summer, and a Choice outstanding title. His research areas include Ottoman and modern Middle Eastern history, Russian and Eurasian history, the Caucasus, international relations, empire, nationalism, Turkish foreign policy, and US foreign policy. He holds a B.A. in Government and Slavic Languages and Literature from Harvard University, an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.