Rebecca Friedman Lissner on “Open” American Foreign Policy

Hosted by Alan Alexandroff

Defining American foreign policy and the Global Order has become
increasingly complicated. This next podcast gives us yet another
opportunity to tackle this difficult issue.

Rebecca Friedman Lissner has written a number of articles, some with her colleague Mira Rapp-Hooper, on just this topic. In late 2017, Rebecca wrote an article in Foreign Affairs reviewing the Trump Administration’s just released National Security Policy – “The National Security Strategy is Not a Strategy”. Then in the Washington Quarterly in 2018 with her colleague Mira Rapp-Hooper they wrote: “The Day after Trump: American Strategy for a New International Order”. And most recently with Mira the two have published, again in Foreign Affairs, “Why the Liberal Order is More than a Myth”.

In this latest article Rebecca and Mira argue that the United States will not be able to reclaim its former hegemonic role and instead they call for an “Openess-based strategy”. As the two wrote, “rather than wasting its still considerable power on quixotic bids to restore the liberal order or remake the world in its own image, the United States should focus on what it can realistically achieve: … Openess, not dominance should be the goal.”

Rebecca is currently an Assistant Professor in the Strategic and
Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College. Come listen to this new voice on American foreign policy in the Trump era and beyond.

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