Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Tragedy of US Foreign Policy

VENUE:Present Day Club

The Tragedy of US Foreign Policy

| Center for the Study of America and the West

About the Event

In his critically acclaimed book, The Tragedy of US Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Walter McDougall examines how, since its founding, American foreign policy has been influenced by an “American civil religion” – a nonsectarian, quasi-religious faith with sacred texts and symbols drawn from US national history. Join us for a dramatic and erudite lecture on this singular, cohesive social force that has driven American foreign policy since 1776, and the debate over the principles that should guide us today.


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Present Day Club

72 Stockton Street
Princeton. NJ. US. 08540


Entire series is free for FPRI Members at the $250 level and above. 

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Walter A. McDougall

Walter A. McDougall - Walter A. McDougall is the Ginsburg-Satell Chair of FPRI's Center for the Study of America and the West. He is also the Co-Chair of FPRI’s Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute, Chairman of FPRI Board of Advisors, and sits on the Board of Editors for FPRI’s journal, Orbis. He is the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.