Intelligence Squared U.S.: Is it Time to Clip America's Global Wings?

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Elliott Abrams and Eliot Cohen argued against the motion "It's Time To Clip America's Global Wings" during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

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What should America’s role be in the new world order?

Intelligence Squared U.S.: Is It Time to Clip America's Global Wings? airs Sunday, July 17 at 10 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2. Just two decades ago there seemed to be no limits to American power. 9/11, the financial crisis, the rise of China, are all reminders of what a different world we live in today. Are we guilty of overreach, or have we not been ambitious enough? John Donvan moderates the debate.

Speaking for the motion is Peter Galbraith and Lawrence Korb. Peter Galbraith is a Vermont state senator and the senior diplomatic fellow at the Center for Arms Control. Before joining the center, he was a professor of national security strategy at the National War College. Galbraith was the first U.S. ambassador to Croatia and mediated the Erdut Agreement, ending the Croatia War in 1995. His senior government positions include being deputy special representative of the secretary-general of the United Nations to Afghanistan in 2009. Lawrence Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Korb served as assistant secretary of defense (manpower, reserve affairs, installations and logistics) from 1981 through 1985. In that position, he administered about 70 percent of the defense budget. Korb served on active duty for four years as naval flight officer and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of captain. He received his doctorate in political science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Speaking against the motion is Elliott Abrams and Eliot Cohe. Elliott Abrams is senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was deputy national security adviser in charge of Middle Eastern affairs in the George W. Bush administration. From 1996 until joining the White House staff, Abrams was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. He was the assistant secretary of the state for U.N. affairs, human rights and Latin America in the Reagan administration. Eliot Cohen is the Robert E. Osgood professor of strategic studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and founding director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies. His books include Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime, and with John Gooch, Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War. He directed the U.S. Air Force's official study of the 1991 Gulf War, and has served on a variety of government advisory boards, including the Defense Policy Board. From 2007 to 2009, he served as counselor of the Department of State.

Based on the highly successful debate program based in London, Intelligence Squared, Intelligence Squared U.S. has presented 39 debates on a wide range of provocative and timely topics. From global warming and the financial crisis, to Afghanistan/Pakistan and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared brings together the world’s leading authorities on the day’s most important issues.

Intelligence Squared debates can be heard on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2 and on more than 220 NPRstations across the nation.