On September 18, the Charles Koch Institute will bring together a group of foreign policy experts to discuss the United States' role in the world. Foreign Affairs Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman will be joined on the panel by Rand Paul, the senator from Kentucky; Peter Van Buren, the former State Department official and author of We Meant Well; Chris Copyne, the F.A. Harper Professor of Economics at George Mason University; and KT McFarland, the national security analyst for Fox News.
The event will be moderated by Rich Lowry, the editor of the National Review, and will center around John Quincy Adams' famous statement that America "goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."
"Adams famous dictum was no more true in 1821, when he spoke it, than it is today," says Tepperman. "Foreign intervention, humanitarian and otherwise, is a tradition as old as the Republic, and you'd be hard pressed to find a single US president who didn't dispatch his gunboats abroad at some point. As we continue to contemplate intervention in Syria today, it's worth remembering this history lest we feel tempted to return to an isolationist Golden Age that never in fact existed."