Join the World Affairs Council for a luncheon with Ambassador Frederick D. Barton, author, and global conflict leader. Drawing on his lifetime of experience as a diplomat, foreign policy expert, and State Department advisor, he grapples with the fact that the U.S. is strategically positioned and morally obligated to defuse international conflicts, but often inadvertently escalates conflicts instead.
Guided by the need to find solutions that will yield tangible results, Barton does a deep analysis of our last several interventions and discusses why they failed and how they could have succeeded. He outlines a few key directives in his foreign policy strategy: remain transparent with the American public, act as a catalyzing (not colonizing!) force, and engage local partners. But above all else, he insists that the U.S. must maintain a focus on people.