Dr. Henry Nau

Distinguished Speaker Series:
Dr. Henry Nau

Dr Henry NauIs America Heading Again Toward Isolationism?

Dr. Henry Nau
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs,
George Washington University

March 16th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Cevíche Tapas Orlando (125 W. Church Street Orlando, FL 32801)

Debates about US foreign policy have revolved around three main traditions—liberal internationalism, realism, and nationalism. American presidents tend to swing back and forth between these main traditions. Today, nationalists and realists are winning the debate. Professor Nau revives a fourth tradition, which he calls “conservative internationalism.” This approach embraces freedom, like liberal internationalism; arms diplomacy, like realism; and preserves national sovereignty, like nationalism. Does conservative internationalism offer an alternative way to pull back? What does it mean for US policy in Asia?

About Dr. Henry Nau:

Dr. Henry Nau is a professor of political science and international affairs and codirector of the US-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Previously, he was assistant professor at Williams College and visiting professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Stanford, and Columbia Universities. Nau served on President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council as senior staff member responsible for international economic affairs, was the White House sherpa for three Annual G-7 Economic Summits, and was special assistant to the under secretary for economic affairs in the Department of State. In 1977 he received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award. He earned a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MA and PhD degrees from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He served as a second liutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1963-65.