The Future of American Grand Strategy, CANCELED

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Future of American Grand Strategy Poster
April 17 - April 18, 2020
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Location
Room 120, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Avenue

Date Range
Add to Calendar 2020-04-17 09:00:00 2020-04-18 16:00:00 The Future of American Grand Strategy, CANCELED

Many Ohio State events scheduled through April 20 have been canceled, rescheduled or reformatted. The safety of our community is our top priority. We will share updates as more information becomes available.

Program for the Study of Realist Foreign Policy

The conference has three purposes. First, we will explore why Donald J. Trump became president of the United States. Why did Americans vote for Trump? What do they claim they were trying to achieve with their vote? Second, what is the current debate over U.S. grand strategy, and what should be America’s grand strategy moving forward? The simplest way to think of grand strategy is as a road map between means and ends. Grand strategies determine the state’s core interests, how it can best pursue its objectives, and what most threatens them. China’s rise to the status of a peer competitor puts it front-and-center in any discussion of American grand strategy. What is the current Trump strategy towards Beijing, and how should the U.S. deal with China in the future? More broadly, is grand strategy still possible? Finally, we will investigate public opinion and foreign-policy attitudes as they relate to American grand strategy. These discussions will include the normative foundations, perceptions of costs and fairness, and elite rhetoric that either buttress or undermine American grand strategy and associated foreign policies.

This event is cosponsored by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and The Charles Koch Foundation

Register Here

Schedule:

Friday, April 17, 2020

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Registration

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening Remarks.  Randall Schweller, The Ohio State University and Director for the Program for the Study of Realist Foreign Policy

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Why Trump?  Tim Luecke and Sonja Niemeier

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

The End of Engagement: Expertise, Domestic Politics, and U.S.-China Strategy Under Trump. David McCourt, Sociology, University of California, Davis

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

LUNCH

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Grand Strategy in a Fractured Marketplace of Ideas. Daniel Drezner, International Politics, Tufts University

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

One War Is Not Enough. Hal Brands, Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

BREAK

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Theory, Counterfactuals, and the U.S. Grand Strategy Debate. William Wohlforth, Government, Dartmouth College

Saturday, April 18, 2020

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome and registration

9:00 AM- 10:15 AM

Making them Pay: Using the Norm of Honesty to Generate Costs for Political Lies. Sarah Croco, Government, University of Maryland

10:15 AM- 10:30 AM

BREAK

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

The Institutionalization of Foreign Policy Constraint: Cost Perception and Public Opinion. Lindsay Cohn, National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

LUNCH

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

The Trump Taboo Test: Elite Rhetoric and the Normative Foundations of American Grand Strategy.  Christopher Gelpi, Director of Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

BREAK

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

What's Fair in International Politics?  Equity, Equality, and Foreign Policy Attitudes. Kathleen Powers, Government, Dartmouth College

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Coffee and closing remarks.  Randall Schweller, The Ohio State University

Room 120, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Avenue Mershon Center mershoncenter@osu.edu America/New_York public
Description

Many Ohio State events scheduled through April 20 have been canceled, rescheduled or reformatted. The safety of our community is our top priority. We will share updates as more information becomes available.

Program for the Study of Realist Foreign Policy

The conference has three purposes. First, we will explore why Donald J. Trump became president of the United States. Why did Americans vote for Trump? What do they claim they were trying to achieve with their vote? Second, what is the current debate over U.S. grand strategy, and what should be America’s grand strategy moving forward? The simplest way to think of grand strategy is as a road map between means and ends. Grand strategies determine the state’s core interests, how it can best pursue its objectives, and what most threatens them. China’s rise to the status of a peer competitor puts it front-and-center in any discussion of American grand strategy. What is the current Trump strategy towards Beijing, and how should the U.S. deal with China in the future? More broadly, is grand strategy still possible? Finally, we will investigate public opinion and foreign-policy attitudes as they relate to American grand strategy. These discussions will include the normative foundations, perceptions of costs and fairness, and elite rhetoric that either buttress or undermine American grand strategy and associated foreign policies.

This event is cosponsored by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and The Charles Koch Foundation

Register Here

Schedule:

Friday, April 17, 2020

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Registration

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening Remarks.  Randall Schweller, The Ohio State University and Director for the Program for the Study of Realist Foreign Policy

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Why Trump?  Tim Luecke and Sonja Niemeier

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

The End of Engagement: Expertise, Domestic Politics, and U.S.-China Strategy Under Trump. David McCourt, Sociology, University of California, Davis

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

LUNCH

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Grand Strategy in a Fractured Marketplace of Ideas. Daniel Drezner, International Politics, Tufts University

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

One War Is Not Enough. Hal Brands, Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

BREAK

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Theory, Counterfactuals, and the U.S. Grand Strategy Debate. William Wohlforth, Government, Dartmouth College

Saturday, April 18, 2020

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome and registration

9:00 AM- 10:15 AM

Making them Pay: Using the Norm of Honesty to Generate Costs for Political Lies. Sarah Croco, Government, University of Maryland

10:15 AM- 10:30 AM

BREAK

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

The Institutionalization of Foreign Policy Constraint: Cost Perception and Public Opinion. Lindsay Cohn, National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

LUNCH

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

The Trump Taboo Test: Elite Rhetoric and the Normative Foundations of American Grand Strategy.  Christopher Gelpi, Director of Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

BREAK

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

What's Fair in International Politics?  Equity, Equality, and Foreign Policy Attitudes. Kathleen Powers, Government, Dartmouth College

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Coffee and closing remarks.  Randall Schweller, The Ohio State University