Towards a Progressive Foreign Policy

Bill Scher

Outside the DNC, Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation and The Washington Note moderated a foreign policy discussion provocatively titled, “Will the Next President Make the Middle East Irrelevant?”

The event brought together an impressive array of speakers: Obama adviser Greg Craig, Sen. John Kerry, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, Woodrow Wilson School Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter and several more influential foreign policy thinkers.

After the event, I asked Steve if the title question was answered, and did the conversation move us towards establishing a set of principles to guide a progressive foreign policy to replace the current neoconservative one. Watch our interview below.

Also at the event, I talked to Ben Wikler of Avaaz.org, the global MoveOn.org, who discussed how grassroots online mobilization is a new factor bringing progressive values into global politics.

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