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"Obama Foreign Policy: a Conservative Internationalist Perspective"


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

          Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m


Members: Free of Charge – Guest of a Member: $20.00*

– Non-Members: 25.00*

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Professor Henry Nau stands out among American scholars of International Relations for his study, writing and commentaries on President Obama’s foreign policy; and surely any discussion of contemporary foreign policy is bolstered by a clear understanding of the goals and principles of the President. Professor Nau brings the perspective of conservative internationalism which he believes is a sound foundation for the United States to stay engaged in the world. He has taught and written about contemporary approaches to American foreign policy, most recently in Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan. We look forward to a most interesting and educational evening.


      Professor Nau holds a B.S. degree in Economics, Politics, and Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Phi Beta Kappa), and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His first publication National Politics and International Technology: Nuclear Reactor Development in Western Europe flowed from his Ph.D. dissertation. He is a Professor of long standing at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Early in his career, he taught at Williams College and has since been also a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Stanford, and Columbia.


      His practical experience in international affairs in government is substantial. From 1975-1977, he was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in the U.S. State Department and was awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award. In 1981-1983, he worked on international economic affairs as a senior staff member of the National Security Council; and was the White House’s personal representative to the G-7 Economic Summits in 1981, ‘82 and ‘83 and a special summit with developing countries. Since 1989, he has directed the Congressional Parliamentary exchange program with the U.S. Congress, Japanese Diet, and Korean National Assembly.


      His publications include, in addition to important articles, National Politics and International Technology; Nuclear Reactor Development in Western Europe (1974); The Myth of America’s Decline: Leading the World’s Economy into the 1990s (1990); Trade and Security: US Policies at Cross-Purposes 1995); At Home Abroad: Identity and Power in American Foreign Policy (2002); Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions and Ideas (2011); Worldviews of Rising Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan and Russia (co-edited 2012); and, as noted above, Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan (2013).



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