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Rising Powers, Static Institutions: Can the International System Meet New Global Challenges?
March 30-31, 2007

The Woodrow Wilson School and the Institute for International Regional Studies, in conjunction with the Century Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, will convene a group of international experts, public figures, and commenters to discuss the impact of rising powers such as China, Brazil, and India on a range of international issues and the international institutions and frameworks designed to manage them.

Council on Foreign Relations Roundtable
May 3, 2006

Members of the Princeton Project on National Security met with Council on Foreign Relations term members in New York City to discuss the interim draft of the Princeton Project's Final Report.


University of Tokyo Symposium
April 8, 2006

Members of the Princeton Project on National Security met with Woodrow Wilson School alumni and students and faculty members from the University of Tokyo at its Hongo Campus to discuss preliminary findings of the Princeton Project and to aid in developing a sustained dialogue and collective discourse on critical security issues.

Preventive Use of Force
March 15-16, 2006

The Honorable George P. Shultz discusses the search for sustainability in the war on terror.The Princeton Project, in cooperation with the Hoover Institution and Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, convened a small group of scholars and practitioners to discuss the preventive use of force in cases short of war. This meeting explored the circumstances under which limited uses of force should be considered, specifically: the goals of U.S. policy; the legal and procedural rules governing such uses of force; the intelligence required to justify action; and the menu of meaningful options for implementing preventive actions.

Working Paper
"In Search of Sustainability" a speech by George P. Shultz
"US and pre-emptive war" by Henry A. Kissinger

National Defense University Roundtable
February 9, 2006

Lt. Gen. Michael Dunn, President of NDU, welcomes Dean Anne-Marie SlaughterMembers of the Princeton Project on National Security met with military and civilian leaders at the National Defense University to discuss the interim draft of the Princeton Project’s final report. This report will offer a non-partisan national security strategy for the United States that lays out America’s global interests, identifies the principal threats and challenges facing us, and offers a clear way of addressing these dangers. In addition to providing candid reactions to the report, participants discussed the feasibility of the recommended strategy and its implications for military force structure and regional diplomacy.


The Future of American Internationalism
October 7-8, 2005

Just about everyone thinks that the liberal-internationalist compact that took root after World War II has run its course and that we have entered a new phase in foreign policy. While still ostensibly internationalist, the new policy direction lacks the kind of commitment to international institutions and multilateralism that earmarked our foreign policy for most of the last half-century. What is less clear is why the liberal-internationalist compact has come apart and whether it can be resuscitated. This conference, organized by Princeton University and the University of Texas at Austin, brought together scholars and practitioners to examine this issue in the context of the political, social and cultural processes underway in America.


National Security in the 21st Century
September 29-30, 2005

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Trustee and Counselor at CSIS, spoke at dinner.The Princeton Project reconvened at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs to present the findings of the seven Project working groups. Building on these reports, the conference discussed the scope and substance of our national security in the 21st century: the principal threats we face; our best hope of addressing those threats over the long term; the building blocks of any more specific national security strategy put forward by this or any future administration; and the national and international infrastructure we are likely to need to implement such a strategy.

Working Group Reports
Conference Report

The Nexus of Terrorism & WMDs: Developing a Consensus
December 12-14, 2004

Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, presented a paper.This conference considered future international arrangements to address the issues of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, in support of a broader effort by Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin to explore the advisability of creating a heads of state group, an "L20." It was organized by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Program in Canadian Studies and the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

Background Paper

Reconstructing the Transatlantic Relationship
December 9-10, 2004

Aiming to seize the moment after the American presidential elections and the emergence of a new European Commission in Brussels, this high-level workshop explored the best overall approach to reconstructing the transatlantic relationship as well as more specific policy issues that would benefit from U.S. - European collaboration. It was co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the European Studies Centre at St. Antony's College, Oxford, in partnership with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

A Compact Between the United States and Europe

The Privatization of American National Security
October 9, 2004

John Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS (left) and Felix Rohatyn, president of Rohatyn Associates, spoke on panels.The Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Middlebury College, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs hosted a working conference October 9, 2004, in Middlebury, Vermont. The conference considered key questions on the privatization of American national security: What is the degree of privatization? Have we gone too far? What should the limits be? What is the framework for thinking about privatized foreign policy? Drawing on perspectives from the military, nonprofit and private sectors as well as academia, the conference explored privatization in the context of warfare, post-war reconstruction and development.

Conference Report
Full Transcript

The International Order in a Unipolar Era
October 8, 2004

This seminar brought together leading scholars, journalists, and practitioners to examine the current international system. These experts analyzed the nature of a global order dominated by a lone hegemon, with particular attention to the role international institutions and other, more informal mechanisms of international cooperation may play in providing a degree of order in the current era. The seminar took place on October 8, 2004, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. It was co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in partnership with the German Marshall Fund.

Conference Report

Project Launch Conference
May 21-22, 2004

Former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger gave opening remarks.The Princeton Project formally launched at a high-level conference on May 21- 22, 2004. This conference considered the historical development of U.S. national security policy, the changing nature of threats facing the United States today, and the constituent elements of a new national security strategy.

Conference Report
U.S. National Security Strategy: Lenses and Landmarks

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