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Foreign Policy Symposium

December 5, 2018

1000 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC, USA


Senator Rand Paul to Headline Symposium’s Keynote Luncheon

Students meet Thomas Wright (left), director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, following a panel during the Summer 2018 Foreign Policy Symposium.

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) invites local students, interns and young professionals to a Foreign Policy Symposium co-hosted by TFAS and the John Quincy Adams Society.

Since the United States emerged as a superpower on the international stage, the foundational question of America’s role abroad has divided the approach to U.S. grand strategy by two schools of thought, restraint and primacy. Experts will be discussing this foundational question during an opening keynote debate and panels throughout the symposium. The panel discussions will be regionally focused, specifically on China, Iran and Afghanistan. Attendees will also hear from Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky during the keynote luncheon. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 29 on Eventbrite.

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Dec. 5, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Cato Institute – Hayek Auditorium
1000 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20001

Below is the schedule of events. Panelists will be added and updated as they are confirmed.

Foreign Policy Symposium Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.
  • Welcome & Introduction
  • 9:15 a.m.
  • Keynote Debate: Restraint v. Primacy in the U.S. Grand Strategy
  • Thomas Wright, Brookings Institute
  • Chris Preble, Cato Institute
  • Moderator: Kelly Jane Torrance, The Weekly Standard
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Panel Discussion 1: China: Is war inevitable?*
  • Eric Gomez, Cato Institute
  • Abigail Grace, Center for New American Security
  • Harry Kazianis, Center for the National Interest
  • Alison Szalwinski, National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Moderator: John Glaser, Cato Institute
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • Keynote Lunch: Senator Rand Paul*
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • Panel Discussion 2: Iran: What is next for U.S.-Iran relations?*
  • Blaise Misztal, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Tzvi Kahn, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Paul Pillar, Georgetown University
  • Moderator: Emma Ashford, Cato Institute
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • Panel Discussion 3: Afghanistan: Should we stay or should we go?
  • Gil Barndollar, Center for the National Interest
  • Paul Pillar, Georgetown University
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Closing Comments

*Please note: These times have been updated.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact Holly Focareto, TFAS coordinator of international affairs and legal studies programs, at hfocareto@TFAS.org.

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