2012 FPI Forum

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) held its 2012 Forum, The Price of Greatness: The Next Four Years of U.S. Foreign Policy, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on November 27th.  Featuring six high-level panels to discuss the challenges that the United States and its partners will face over the Obama administration's next four years, FPI's 2012 Forum drew its theme from Winston Churchill's famous 1943 speech in Boston: 

"The price of greatness is responsibility .... [O]ne cannot rise to be in many ways the leading community in the civilized world without being involved in its problems, without being convulsed by its agonies and inspired by its causes.  If this has been proved in the past, as it has been, it will become indisputable in the future. The people of the United States cannot escape world responsibility."


Congressional Leadership and National Security - A Conversation with Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Moderated by FPI Director William Kristol.

All Eyes on Asia: Perspectives from our Allies and Partners - A Conversation with Australian Ambassador Kim Beazley, Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao, and Philippine Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Austria, Moderated by Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA).

The Consequences of Inaction in Syria - A Conversation with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and French Philosopher/Journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy , Moderated by FPI Director Robert Kagan.

Reflections and Projections: The Past and Future of Foreign Policy in the Senate - A Conversation with Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Moderated by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

America's Role in Promoting Democracy & Human Rights - A Conversation with North Korean Dissident Shin Dong-Hyuk, Moderated by Legatum Institute's Christian Caryl.

From the Front Lines to Capitol Hill: Perspectives from Emerging National Security Leaders - Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congressman-Elect Tom Cotton (R-AR), Moderated by FPI Director Dan Senor.


7:30 – 10:00 PM - Film Screening of The Oath of Tobruk and Conversation with French Philosopher/Journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy, Moderated by Newsweek/Daily Beast Senior National Security Reporter Eli Lake, at the French Embassy.

For media inquiries, please contact FPI Director of External Affairs and Government Relations Elaine Wilson at ewilson@foreignpolicyi.org.

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The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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