Sep 01, 2011

Center for American Studies Hosts Lecture: The Constitution, War & Diplomacy

(Newport News, Va.) - "Those Americans who lent their support to the Constitution and the federal government after 1787 did so in part because they believed their interests in territorial expansion and overseas commerce would be better served," foreign policy expert Robert Kagan wrote in his 2006 book Dangerous Nation. Those Americans have been proven correct. But what does this mean for the Constitution, which turns 224 years old this month, and for the U.S. and its citizens? In honor of Constitution Day, the Center for American Studies will host Kagan on Monday, Sept. 12, to discuss the Constitution, the War Powers Act and the current state of U.S. foreign policy. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in the David Student Union ballroom and is free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

Kagan is an expert and frequent commentator on Egypt, the Middle East, U.S. national security and U.S.-European relations. He writes a monthly column on world affairs for The Washington Post and is a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard and The New Republic. He spent 13 years as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1984 to 1988, he served as a member of the State Department's Office of Policy Planning. He also served as principal speechwriter for Secretary of State George Shultz and is a prolific author on U.S. foreign policy issues. His most recent book is The Return of History and the End of Dreams (2008). In 2009 Kagan was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers."

Support for this event was provided by the Jack Miller Center, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About CNU's Center for American Studies

CNU's Center for American Studies (CAS), housed in CNU's Department of Leadership and American Studies, is an interdisciplinary initiative that promotes teaching and scholarship on America's founding principles and history, economic foundations, and national security. Under the directorship of Drs. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch and Nathan E. Busch, CAS sponsors programming, curricular development and research at the undergraduate and postdoctoral levels. CAS undertakes these tasks in order to promote sensible notions of liberty and a civic responsibility to defend that liberty locally and globally. For more information on the Center for American Studies please visit, or email

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