Can the U.S. Afford to Break Its Global Security Habit?

An American soldier stands in front of a military vehicle, Augustdorf, Germany, May 29, 2018 (Photo by Friso Gentsch for DPA via AP Images).
An American soldier stands in front of a military vehicle, Augustdorf, Germany, May 29, 2018 (Photo by Friso Gentsch for DPA via AP Images).
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Last week, I was invited to take part in a survey of foreign policy experts sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Texas National Security Network. The survey consisted of a series of generic U.S. foreign policy positions with which respondents were asked to agree or disagree. The experience was eye-opening, as I came away from the short 10-minute questionnaire dissatisfied with the answers I had given, but not necessarily reassured by the available alternatives. That was in part because there was no way to explain one’s answers, put them into context or suggest preferable alternatives to […]

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