Western Foreign Policy in the Age of Insecurity

NATO troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, and the last US soldiers pulled out of Iraq in 2011. Despite limited success in Libya, the West is increasingly reluctant to intervene militarily. Meanwhile, Syria and Iran pose profound foreign policy challenges to the world order established in 1945. So does rising tension between China and Japan, and Russia’s unresolved world role.

How should the West confront these questions? What, if anything, can intervention achieve? And does the rise of China and India restrict the West’s freedom of action?

To discuss these questions we will be joined by General Sir Rupert Smith KCB DSO OBE QGM, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO (1998-2001) and author of The Utility of Force (Allen Lane 2005) and Le Grand Désenchantement: Vivre à l’ère de l’insécurité (Nuvis, 2012) and Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), one of the world’s leading independent think tanks on defence and security issues.

Read our Report of the discussion.