America’s alliances: Achieving common ends

America’s alliances: Achieving common ends

Barry Posen joins Rajan Menon, Kori Schake, and Tom Wright to debate the future of American security commitments in the 21st Century. Alex Ward moderated the Koch Institute sponsored event. Watch the debate here on YouTube. 

November 11, 2021 | Koch Institute
Rajan Menon, Barry Posen, Alex Ward, Kori Schake and Tom Wright on stage
November 11, 2021
Koch Institute

After 1945, the United States underwent perhaps the most profound grand strategic shift in its history, abandoning its policy of non-entanglement and building a globe-spanning network of alliances that expanded even further with the end of the Cold War. While many argue forcefully that this system is adaptive and has risen to new challenges, others suggest that it is no longer fit for purpose in a very different world to the one America faced 75 or even 30 years ago. Has the US alliance system begun to outlive its usefulness? Or do alliances remain a critical cornerstone of US security? Barry Posen joins other experts to debate the future of American security commitments in the 21st Century.