Apr 25

Past Event

Is the American World Order Sustainable and Necessary in the 21st Century? An Address by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

Event Materials



  • Containing a Nuclear Iran

    Marco Rubio, U.S. Senate: The idea of a nuclear capable Iran is unacceptable and the U.S. must be prepared to do whatever it takes to keep that from happening.

  • U.S. Influence in the Western Hemisphere

    Marco Rubio, U.S. Senate: Even here, in the Western hemisphere, there is a movement by some nations to replace U.S. influence with their own; we can’t allow this to happen.

  • Russian Autocracy and a Free Europe

    Marco Rubio, U.S. Senate: Russia’s autocratic rule is a key impediment to a truly free Europe.

  • America's Global Engagement

    Marco Rubio, U.S. Senate: America is engaged in global matters because we are compassionate and because it is in our interest to do so.

  • Ending the Crisis in Syria

    Marco Rubio, U.S. Senate: Syria is in dire straits and American leadership is critical to helping bring an end to the situation there.

Full Event


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On April 25, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for a major address on the future of U.S. foreign policy. With ongoing debate in Washington and the media about America’s role in the international order, Senator Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, examined whether U.S. global leadership is sustainable and even necessary in the 21st century. The Senator explored what Americans need to do at this juncture, abroad and at home, to adapt and prepare for the changing international environment in the years ahead.

Brookings President Strobe Talbott provided introductory remarks. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) provided brief opening remarks and Brookings guest scholar Marvin Kalb moderated a discussion following Senator Rubio’s speech.

After the program, Senator Rubio took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Welcome and Introduction

  • Moderator

  • Opening Remarks

    • The Honorable Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)

      United States Senate

  • Featured Speaker

    • The Honorable Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

      United States Senate


April 25, 2012

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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