January 22, 2016, 13:00-15:00  Venue:CIGS Meeting Room3

Professor Henry Nau Seminar "Between Intervention and Isolation"

The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on January 22, 2016 inviting Professor Henry R. Nau of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University.

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(Professor Nau, Mr. Kurihara from the left)

Seminar outline
Title: "Between Intervention and Isolation"
Speaker: Henry R. Nau, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University
Moderator: Jun Kurihara, Research Director, CIGS


Introduction by Mr. KuriharaPDF:618KB
Presentation by Prof. NauPDF:160KB

Summary of speech by Prof. Nau
Summary of speech by Prof. NauPDF:198KBAddition

Abstract of the speech
After seven years of President Obama's foreign policy of "leading from behind," the world is in chaos. Russia seeks to recreate the Soviet empire using force with impunity against its neighbors. Radical Islam plunders the Middle East. Streams of refugees destabilize Europe. Terrorists attack Paris and San Bernardino. China bullies neighbors and wages cyber war without retribution. A nuclear Iran and autocratic Cuba rejoin the family of nations.
Dr. Henry R. Nau, who served on the National Security Council in the Reagan administration, addresses these challenges. In his recent book, just published in paperback with a new preface, Conservative Internationalism, Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan (Princeton University Press), Nau draws lessons from four successful presidencies to chart an intermediate path between the excessive interventionism of President George W. Bush and the threatened isolationism of President Obama. This path calls for the defeat of threats from radical Islam but a focus on freedom where it matters most - along the borders with Russia in Ukraine and with China on the Korean peninsula. If freedom loses on these borders, America's postwar ties with Europe and Japan may be in jeopardy.

Speaker's profile
Henry R. Nau holds a B.S. degree in Economics, Politics and Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His latest book, Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan was published August 2013 by Princeton University Press.
Professor Nau co-directs the US-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program, semiannual meetings between Members of the US Congress, Japanese Diet, and Korean National Assembly. Previously, he taught as Assistant Professor at Williams College (1971-73) and as Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Stanford, and Columbia Universities. During academic year 2011-12 he was the W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo- Campbell National Fellow and the Susan Louise Dyer Peace National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has received numerous grants from, among others, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Council on Foreign Relations, Century Foundation, Japan-US Friendship Commission, Rumsfeld Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
From January 1981 to July 1983, he served on President Reagan's National Security Council as senior staff member responsible for international economic affairs. Among other duties he was the White House sherpa for the Annual G-7 Economic Summits at Ottawa (1981), Versailles (1982), and Williamsburg (1983) and a special summit with developing countries at Cancun, Mexico (1982). Dr. Nau also served, in 1975-1977, as 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.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Council on Foreign Relations, Nau served two years as a Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.