There is an adage, “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” America’s foreign policy establishment has long relied on the country’s overwhelming military might, disregarding the complexity of the challenges we face, and neglecting the other tools in our national tool box.
In the None Of The Above podcast, EGF seeks alternative visions for American strength. With some of the money we currently spend on unnecessary weapons systems and vast networks of outmoded overseas military bases, what kinds of investments could we be making in education or infrastructure, or healthcare for veterans? How much of our national debt could we pay off, or what kinds of tax cuts could we offer American workers? How might we refocus on America’s vital national interests and recommit to engaging the public in the foreign policy decisions which affect their lives? In the current moment, what should America’s grand strategy and regional objectives be?
Unfortunately, as the United States confronts an ever-changing set of international challenges, our foreign policy leaders continue to offer the same old answers. In None Of The Above, EGF’s Mark Hannah asks leading global thinkers for new answers and new ideas to guide an America increasingly adrift in the world.
By portraying in vivid detail the choices our elected leaders are making on our behalf, putting those choices in historic context, and suggesting alternative, affirmative uses of American treasure and talent, we hope to pivot from a foreign policy seemingly driven by impulse to one driven by insight.
Episode 1: The Problem of Our Power
Our first episode confronts the paradox of America’s military might. As the Cato Institute’s Chris Preble sees it, exorbitant spending on national defense actually makes America less safe. We examine the historical roots and potential consequences of our outsized military industrial complex.
Episode 2: The Germany of Asia?
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un clearly have a complicated relationship. Former CIA analyst Sue Mi Terry makes the case for reunification of the Korean peninsula, and helps us understand what’s at stake in the ongoing U.S.—North Korea talks.
Episode 3: Engaging the Enemy
As the U.S. seeks a resolution to America’s longest war, we’re joined by Chris Kolenda, the first American to have both fought against—and then engaged in diplomatic talks with—the Taliban