Washington - On Monday, June 11, 2007, the Center for American Progress hosted a luncheon discussion on the recently released book, Power and Superpower: Global Leadership and Exceptionalism in the 21st Century, published by the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation.
The United States entered the 21st century as a global leader, emulated for its ideals as much as respected for its power to shape events. During the 20th century, American leadership served as the bedrock for the international order, promoting prosperity and peace both at home and abroad. But in the first years of the new century, a U.S. foreign policy exemplified by war in Iraq, the rejection of international treaties, and disregard for traditional allies gave the impression to many that the United States had abandoned its role as a responsible leader. Power and Superpower calls for a foreign policy that encompasses all of America's strengths and respects the commitments we share with the rest of the world, the only sure path to America's continued global leadership and influence. In this volume, some of the United States' most distinguished and experienced policymakers and experts identify pressing foreign policy issues facing the United States and provide analysis and answers for creating a progressive foreign policy that harnesses power in support of a peaceful and prosperous world.
The panelists discussed the themes of the book and explored how a sense of American exceptionalism informs U.S. foreign policy, the impact of those policies on U.S. national security, and whether a sense of exceptionalism in foreign policy is beneficial for the United States.