On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, the McCain Institute and the Pacific Council for International Policy hosted the debate, “Has the West Lost the Post-Cold War Era?”
A quarter century after the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union, global security threats are growing, ISIS and other terrorist groups are expanding, and powers such as Russia and China are asserting themselves on territory from Ukraine to the South China Sea. Europe, already plagued by major demographic, economic, and financial challenges, is now struggling to cope with the largest refugee crisis in a lifetime. The debate, focusing on recent history, analyzed whether or not U.S. policy and the values it embodies will still define the post-Cold War world, or whether those are being supplanted by others.
The West is losing the post-Cold War
The West is not losing the post-Cold War
Moderator: Amb. Kurt Volker, Executive Director, the McCain Institute
Arguments that the West is losing
Arguments that the West is not losing
Ambassador Foley: The United States can only be as strong abroad as it is at home. We need to put the nation’s finances on a good footing, in order to provide the foundation for a stronger foreign policy.
Dr. Schake: The United States should reform entitlements in order to put federal spending on a solid, sustainable footing.
Dr. Peterson: The United States needs to reform its political system in a way that better accounts for the electorate’s interests and fosters less divisiveness.
Dr. Moyar: The United States should conduct better public diplomacy, and step up military spending to at least 4% of GDP.
Visiting Scholar, Foreign Policy Initiative
President, Longview Global Advisors
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia
Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution