Meeting

Reading Between the Red Lines: Deterrence and U.S. Foreign Policy

Monday, May 10, 2021
Pool New / Reuters
Speakers

Executive Director, Red Lines Project; Former International Correspondent, New York Times and CBS News; Author, A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars That Might Still Happen; CFR Member

President, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Former Undersecretary, U.S. Navy (2016–2017); Former Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans, U.S. Department of Defense (2009–2012); CFR Member

Director of Research and Learning, Partner, McChrystal Group; Former Senior Fellow, Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider

Global Affairs Analyst, CNN; Contributor, Time; CFR Member

Panelists discuss the history of setting “red lines” in U.S. foreign policy, whether they have helped to achieve diplomatic goals, and how these statements affect current policy priorities.

The Lessons From History Series uses historical analysis as a critical tool for understanding modern foreign policy challenges by hearing from practitioners who played an important role in a consequential historical event or from experts and historians. This series is made possible through the generous support of David M. Rubenstein.

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