Re-Thinking U.S. Foreign Policy for the 21st Century Confirmed Speakers:
Noam Chomsky, MIT Institute Professor, author, Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order
Bill Fletcher, former president, Trans Africa Forum; author, They're Bankrupting Us! And 20 other Myths about Unions
Phyllis Bennis, director, New Internationalism Project, Institute for Policy Studies
Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe columnist; author, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
Judith LeBlanc, Field Director, Peace Action; former co-chair, UFPJ; member of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma
After over a decade of costly military engagements in overseas wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States still maintains an interventionist, military-first foreign policy. Weary of this unsustainable status quo, growing numbers of Americans are engaging in a wide-ranging debate about the values and goals of U.S. foreign policy, the necessary levels of military spending, and the appropriate role for the U.S. in the world in the 21st century. As a result, there is now a unique window of opportunity for deep and critical reflection over the key priorities of U.S. foreign policy going forward.
In this one-day conference to be held immediately after the midterm election, we will both critique current foreign policy approaches that exacerbate global insecurity, and attempt to outline a more positive vision of U.S. global engagement. This vision is one that meets the actual security needs of people around the world, and is consistent with the principles of peace and justice for all. We will also explore the actions needed to make the changes we seek. The discussion will respond to a draft paper, prepared by a working group and to be published approximately October 1. Read a summary of the Foreign Policy for All project.
Conference fee: $25 before Oct. 29 for members of sponsoring organizations, $30 for others, $35 at the door, $10 for students and low income; free to MIT students. Fee includes morning coffee and lunch. Register at or mail check to Massachusetts Peace Action, 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138. Info: 617 354 2169
Workshop Proposals are Due October 3, 2014
Host: MIT Technology and Culture Forum
Co-Sponsors: Massachusetts Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee, MIT Western Hemisphere Association
MIT Room 34-101 (View)
50 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02139