Oct 4

Past Event

Brookings Scholars Evaluate and Analyze President's National Security Strategy Paper

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Washington - Two weeks ago President Bush released his first National Security Strategy document, outlining the components and principles guiding American security policy in the 21st century. The Bush strategy declares that the United States should use its "unparalleled military strength and great economic and political influence" to establish a balance of power that "favors human freedom" and is aimed at defeating the threat posed by "terrorists and tyrants."

In historic significance, President Bush's strategy paper has been compared to President Harry Truman's containment doctrine which guided American policy through a half-century of the Cold War.

A team of Brookings scholars has completed an initial study evaluating and analyzing the Bush strategy. The study finds positive elements, some strengths and some weaknesses. It identifies what the Brookings team refers to as shortcomings in four specific areas:

  • The relative balance between promoting global freedom and fighting terrorism.
  • Dependence on preemption in dealing with rogue states like Iraq.
  • The importance of alliances and international institutions in achieving US interests.
  • Economic and political assistance proposals for helping failed states.
  • The authors of the Brookings evaluation - James Steinberg, vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Studies program, and Senior Fellows Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay - will explain and discuss their evaluation. They will also answer questions from the audience.

Event Agenda


October 4, 2002

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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