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Is Nation-building Good or Bad? A Debate at IWP

Tue, May 10, 2016, 9:30am - 10:30am

You are cordially invited to a debate on the question

Is Nation-building Good or Bad? 
A Debate at IWP

Dr. Paul D. Miller 
Associate Director, Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas at Austin  
Dr. Christopher A. Preble
Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, The Cato Institute

moderated by

Dr. Paul Coyer 
Research Professor, The Institute of World Politics

Tuesday, May 10
9:30 am

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


afghandebateStability operations, as they are known in the parlance of the Department of Defense, or “nation-building” efforts, have been a source of great debate and relevance to American foreign policy since for at least the last two decades. Ultimately, the American public must ask itself the question: do these efforts work, and to which ends? This debate will test not only the claims undergirding this policy but those of its competing alternatives as well.
Paul D. Miller is the associate director of the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as the Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council staff for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He also served in the Central Intelligence Agency and the US Army; he is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. His first book, Armed State Building, addressed the challenge of stabilization interventions. His next book, American Power and Liberal Order, tackles US grand strategy and will be published this fall.
Christopher A. Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of numerous books and publications, and is a frequent guest on television and radio. Before joining Cato in February 2003, he taught history at St. Cloud State University and Temple University. Preble was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, and served aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) from 1990 to 1993.
Paul Coyer covers foreign policy, with a focus on Eurasia, for Forbes, and is a Contributing Editor for Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, published by the Institute for Religion and Democracy.