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About the Event

The Council Conversation Club is the Council's version of a "book club." Prior to coming together for this discussion group, participants read a few articles, listen to podcasts, or watch short videos from different viewpoints. Then, during the program, they discuss the issues with their peers and engage with the world around them.

This session was flipped to virtual, and participants received a Zoom log-in link along with their reading materials.


When Should America Intervene in International Conflicts?

This discussion focused on questions around when the U.S. should intervene in international conflicts, and when it's better to remain uninvolved.

If the U.S. is the “world police,” what laws does it enforce, and under what authority? Are American interests synonymous with the interests of the world? What specifically are American interests? Is it acceptable to intervene forcefully when it is in the interest of the U.S. exclusively? What would happen if the U.S. ruled out military interventions abroad? What alternative forms of involvement are there? Does American democracy make the US well-suited or poorly-suited to be the world police? Are Americans willing to make long-term and potentially costly—in both human lives and finances—commitments to maintaining peace and democracy in far-off countries? Does the U.S. have the economic and military power to act as the world police?

Pre-Event Reading



  • David M. Meron, former Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. State Department

Program Series Sponsor

This event is a part of the Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation Great Debates Series.  The Great Debates series promotes civil discourse on the most important international topics of our time, presenting these issues from many perspectives, and inviting our members to participate in informed conversations to reach their own conclusions.  

The Great Debates series was also made possible through a challenge grant matched by corporate partners AMETEK, SEI, and UGI/AmeriGas.