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The Constitution and Foreign Policy: The Dangers of Ignorance

Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to the the annual

Constitution Day Lecture

on the topic of 
The Constitution and Foreign Policy: The Dangers of Ignorance 

Douglas E. Streusand, Ph.D. 
Professor of International Relations, Marine Corps Command & Staff College
Adjunct Professor, The Institute of World Politics

Wednesday, September 17
4:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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The events of the last thirteen years, especially the last three, have cast profound doubt about the utility of the global promotion of electoral democracy as a means of establishing a more peaceful and orderly world. This result would not surprise Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote that “The Constitution of the United States resembles those fine creations of human industry which ensure wealth and renown to their inventors, but which are profitless in other hands.” Defining the role of the American political principles and institutions in US foreign policy requires a profound understanding of the Constitution and the Founding.

Dr. Douglas E. Streusand is a Professor of International Relations at the Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of World Politics.

An Islamic historian by training, he has written and taught on a wide variety of historical and national security related topics. His major publications include The Formation of the Mughal Empire (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1989), The Islamic Gunpowder Empires in World History (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2010) and articles and chapters including “Managing the Iranian Threat to Sea Commerce Diplomatically,” ); “Sir Hamilton Gibb, Abu Yusuf, and the Concept of Islamic Civilization,” “Geopolitics versus Globalization,” “European Islam or Islamic Europe”and “What Does Jihad Mean.” He has developed curriculum and taught on the American founding at the Marine Corps Command & Staff College.

Dr. Streusand received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.