In December, the Tobin Project convened an interdisciplinary group of over 30 top scholars, along with key policymakers, to explore how how the U.S. can sustainably pursue its national security interests when faced with a decade of costly foreign wars, a devastating global financial crisis, mounting public debt, and profound realignments in international political and economic power.
Core questions included:
This research program builds on a series of preliminary seminars held by the Tobin Project in the summer and fall of 2011. Ultimately, we hope that this inquiry will produce interdisciplinary scholarship that offers a more holistic conception of sustainable security strategy for the contemporary world and paves the way for innovative thinking in academia and the policy arena. The conference was chaired by Stephen Van Evera (MIT), with Jeremi Suri (University of Texas at Austin) and Benjamin Valentino (Dartmouth) serving as co-chairs.