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Cato Institute Scholar Preble Speaks to Bush School Faculty, Students

September 16, 2010

September 16, 2010

The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs welcomed its first speaker of the 2010-2011 school year on September 9, when Dr. Christopher Preble of the Cato Institute addressed Bush School students and faculty. Dr. Preble’s presentation was entitled “The Perils of Military Dominance” and addressed concerns regarding American foreign and defense policy.

Dr. Preble, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Gulf War, is the director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. He has published and edited several books, the most recent being Terrorizing Ourselves: Why U.S. Counterterrorism Policy is Failing and How to Fix It and The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous, and Less Free.

After his presentation, Dr. Preble took time to answer questions about the effects of possible policy changes on issues including nuclear proliferation and humanitarian intervention. “It was a very different way to look at American foreign policy that forces us to reevaluate our assumptions about the international system,” said second year international affairs student Adam Cronk.

The presentation was given before a packed room in the Allen Building and marks the beginning of a busy year for the Scowcroft Institute, which has a host of speakers scheduled.