< Distinguished speaker series

Charles Kupchan ​

Senior Fellow,  The Council on Foreign Relations

​Professor, Georgetown University

​Former Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council

Future U.S. Global Engagement, Where, When and Why?

DATE: May 5, 2021 6:00 pm

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Prior to WWII, the U.S. was essentially an isolationist nation.  Although it had joined with its allies in WWI, after the Great War, the U.S. essentially retreated back to North America.  Then, subsequent to the end of WWII, the U.S. became globally engaged and a world superpower shaping the post-cold war era.  However, recently, there has been a call by many within the U.S. to back away from many of its global commitments.


Please join the BCFA for a discussion of the history of U.S. global engagement since the founding of the nation, through the late 1800s, the two world wars, the cold war, the unipolar moment, and recently the reemergence of great power competition. We will then explore the question of where, when and why should the U.S. engage in global affairs in the future.