FPI Board Member Robert Kagan on "America's Role in the World" at Yale

September 30, 2013

The Yale Daily News reports:

America is not in decline and has an obligation to engage in foreign affairs, according to Dr. Robert Kagan ’80.

Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-founder of the Project for the New American Century, addressed Yale students on Monday as a speaker under the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program. His talk, entitled “America’s Role in the World,” examined the reasons for American intervention historically and argued that America should continue playing an active role in international affairs.

“I’m not here to claim that America is this wonderful nation of great virtue that constantly sought to bring wonderful happiness and security to the rest of the world,” Kagan said. “But rather that the United States has a variety of advantages that allow it to maintain power and stability.”

Kagan said the United States created the post-World War II world order and added that the United States’ willingness to use military power helps keep “the international system” in its current state.

 

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