America’s Security Alliances

The American Academy of Diplomacy and The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello are pleased to announce

"America’s Security Alliances: What’s the Price, What are they Worth?"

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto Charlottesville, Virginia

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The program started with a retrospective by Professor James Sofka on the American approach to alliances from George Washington’s time to the eve of WW II, titled "From “Entangling Alliances with None” to “Pax Americana”: Patterns of Alliances in Early American Diplomacy" Access his full remarks here.     A panel discussion offering different viewpoints on America’s Security alliances was held between Ambassadors Beecroft, McCarthy and Mussomeli, moderated by Ambassador Neumann. Ambassador Richard Boucher gave the keynote address on the theme of global leadership. The panel discussion explored optional perspectives in regards to alliances, risk observed by neglecting key security alliances, and the risks of alliances outliving their usefulness, possible adjustments, and effective commitments. For more information email:    
Ambassador Deborah McCarthy will comment on the risks of alliances outliving their usefulness and the possible adjustments to be made.
Ambassador Ronald Neumann will moderate the discussion.
Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli will examine if the time has come to reconsider America's security alliances.
Ambassador Richard Boucher will deliver the keynote address, "Considering Alliances in Terms of America’s Place in the World – a Broader Look at the Theme of Leadership."
Ambassador Robert Beecroft will discuss the risks we take by neglecting key security alliances.