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Lee Hamilton speaks on America's foreign policy

As part of the Chancellor's Forum Lecture Series at Indiana University Bloomington, former U.S. congressman Lee H. Hamilton delivered a lecture on March 26, 2003. His topic was Reflections on American Foreign Policy.

Mr. Hamilton is director of the Center On Congress at IU Bloomington. He is also director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The U.S. currently occupies a position of unprecedented preeminence in international affairs. Lee Hamilton discussed the burdens and opportunities that come with being the only superpower.

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  • Remarks by IUB Chancellor Sharon S. Brehm
  • Introduction by SPEA Dean Astrid E. Merget
  • Opening Remarks
  • United States' Position and Power
  • Paradox of America's Preeminent Power and Americans' Vulnerability
  • USA is Admired and Resented
  • "The United States must be--and must be seen as--an optomistic and benign power."
  • U.S. must be Prepared to Intervene Militarily
  • United States Should: Protect Weapons-grade Nuclear Material, Resolve Conflicts around the World, Work for Free Trade and Economic Development around the World, Increase Foreign Aid
  • "Americans simply have to think more about how this country works with the rest of the world."
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