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Is a Grand Strategy of Restraint Politically Viable?

Wed, May 27, 2015, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of

Is A Grand Strategy of Restraint Politically Viable?

Michael C. Desch
Professor and Chair,
Department of Political Science
Co-director, Notre Dame International Security Program

Wednesday, May 27
5:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 
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This lecture is part of a series on U.S. Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy
sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation.

Please contact Sarah Dwyer at with any questions about this event.

The likely candidates for President for both major political parties, with a few exceptions, seem committed to continuing America’s global strategy of Primacy, including maintaining a large military and being willing to intervene with it in many places around the world with it. There is some evidence that such a policy makes sense in terms of fund-raising and party primary dynamics, but what about among the general public? In this discussion, Dr. Desch will argue that not only is Restraint the optimal policy for America on its merits, but there is reason to think that it could have broader electoral appeal in the general election.

Michael DeschMichael Desch is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He was the founding Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and the first holder of the Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security Decision-Making at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University from 2004 through 2008. Prior to that, he was Professor and Director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. From 1993 through 1998, he was Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate at the Olin Institute. He spent two years (1988-90) as a John M. Olin Post-doctoral Fellow in National Security at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and a year (1990-91) as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California before joining the faculty of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside (1991-1993). He received his B.A. (With honors) in Political Science (1982) from Marquette University and his A.M. in International Relations (1984) and Ph.D. in Political Science (1988) from the University of Chicago.