Harvard Professor To Critique U.S. Foreign Policy In San Diego Speech

Thursday, November 2, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin
Photo by Mark Wilson Getty Images
Above: President Trump delivers remarks on America's military involvement in Afghanistan at the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Va., on Monday.

As a candidate, Donald Trump was very critical of how America was using its military might. He called for a pullback from widespread military intervention and even toyed with the prospect of pulling out of NATO.

But President Donald Trump is presenting a different type of attitude toward America's military might. He has surrounded himself with former generals and has made military threats against other countries, most notably North Korea.

Harvard international affairs professor Stephen Walt is in favor of using America’s military forces as sparingly as possible and saw some promise in Trump’s campaign promises. But since the election, Walt sees Trump as basically following the status quo.

Walt is speaking Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the University of San Diego as part of a visiting scholars program.

“His bellicose tweets notwithstanding, Trump is gradually being captured, co-opted, and constrained by the foreign policy establishment,” Walt said. “Under Trump, therefore, U.S. foreign policy is likely to be an even more inept version of our recent follies.”

Walt joins KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday to share his views on America’s greatest foreign policy threats and how Trump should meet them.