We’re pleased to welcome back to the CCFR Charlottesville native Anne-Marie Slaughter, who brings the perspectives of a scholar and a practitioner to the challenge of developing an Administration’s world view.
In her recent writings, notably in the Washington Post (Feb. 10, 2017), Prof. Slaughter has tried to separate the vision of "America First" underlying the new Administration’s foreign policy from the place of American values in its implementation. She has written that “’America First’ has legitimate historical antecedents dating back to Hamilton and Jefferson, (as well as) to Kissingerian Realism.” Similarly, the call to make multinational institutions more relevant to today’s world has come from both the left and the right. Finally, the “proposition, that the United States should not impose ‘our way of life’ but instead serve as an example for others to follow, also has a long pedigree, beginning with George Washington’s advice to steer clear of entangling alliances and Thomas Jefferson’s prediction that the ‘ball of liberty’ would roll around the world without American help.”
The debate, she suggests, is whether the current initiatives will help achieve this vision of a policy grounded in self-interest and, more fundamentally, whether American policy can achieve a balance between the national interest and American values that are often seen in universal terms.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America, a think and action tank dedicated to renewing America in the Digital Age. She is also a University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State, where she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.
Dr. Slaughter has written or edited eight books, including The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Dangerous World (2017), as well as over 100 scholarly articles. In 2012 she published the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.
Dr. Slaughter is a Contributing Editor to the Financial Times. She curates foreign policy news for over 140,000 followers on Twitter. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She received a B.A. from Princeton, and an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Harvard