American Security in a Multipolar World: Cooperation or Competition? [Video]
Full video of the American Conservative's 2021 Foreign Policy Conference, co-sponsored by CSS and held on the campus of the Catholic University of America.
American Security in a Multipolar World: Cooperation or Competition?
Join The American Conservative on December 2nd at The Catholic University of America as we explore these questions with top experts in the field.
Irving Babbitt In Our Time
Richard Gamble (Hillsdale College) joins Eric Adler (University of Maryland) and Bill Smith (CUA) to discuss the life and work of the twentieth-century scholar Irving Babbitt.
Congress’ Principled Institutionalist
Author and editor Bill Kauffman discusses his work on "The Congressional Journal of Barber B. Conable, Jr., 1968-1984" (University Press of Kansas, 2021).
Life as a Practitioner
Charles McLaughlin, a lifelong practitioner of foreign policy, talks about his own career path, what he has learned over the years, and his thoughts on some of the largest challenges facing the United States.
Democracy and Democratism
We're joined by Emily Finley of Stanford University and Arta Moeini of the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy for an "upstream" discussion on the deeper philosophical sources of our foreign policy problems, with a particular focus on the problem of democracy and elite leadership.
Supremacy, Neutrality, Isolationism
American foreign policy shifted dramatically in the middle of the twentieth century. What happened, and why? Stephen Wertheim, author of Tomorrow the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy explains. We're joined by Jonathan Askonas, Assistant Professor of Politics at CUA.
A Middle East Primed for New Thinking
In this episode, we speak with Andrew Gilmour, a retired 32-year veteran of the CIA and author of "A Middle East Primed for New Thinking: Insights and Policy Options from the Ancient World." We're joined by CSS' own Gil Barndollar.
Reflection and Choice
Our own Justin Litke joins Gary Gregg of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville and Aaron N. Coleman of the University of the Cumberlands to discuss their new, unique edition of the Federalist and the relevance of the debates over the Constitution's ratification to our time.
Applications Open for 2021 Constitutional Fellows Program
Applications for the Spring 2021 semester are open—apply now!
The False Promise of Preventive War
Can 'preventive war' succeed and is it justifiable? What if it had been employed against Germany in 1936, or at other moments against rising powers?
Joe Biden’s Personnel and Policy
On this episode, host Justin Logan is joined by CSS Senior Fellow Gil Barndollar and Professor of Politics Jonathan Askonas to examine what Joe Biden's appointments to his national security team might mean in terms of America's overall foreign policy. Will his administration see a return to traditional diplomacy, or embrace sweeping, potentially hubristic ambitions?
Special Envoy Mick Mulvaney: “The U.S. Role in Northern Ireland”
In discussion with Professor David Walsh of The Catholic University of America, Special Envoy Mick Mulvaney discusses his experiences in and outlook for Northern Ireland amid the complexities of Brexit, COVID-19, and a U.S. presidential election.
Upcoming Event with Special Envoy Mick Mulvaney
Join us for a special online forum featuring Special Envoy Mick Mulvaney in discussion with Professor David Walsh of CUA.
Empire Salon: Democracy and Imperalism
Managing Director William S. Smith spoke to the Committee for the Republic about his book, "Democracy and Imperialism: Irving Babbitt and Warlike Democracies." Remarks originally delivered via Zoom on October 14, 2020.
Catholicism and U.S. Foreign Policy
On this episode, host Justin Logan is joined by Michael C. Desch, who is Packey J. Dee Professor of International Relations at the University of Notre Dame, as well as Jonathan Askonas, Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America.
Who Are We?
On this inaugural episode of the CSS podcast, host Justin Logan is joined by Claes G. Ryn, Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America and editor of the scholarly journal Humanitas, plus William S. Smith, Managing Director of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship.
CSS Announces New Initiative for Graduate Students
We are particularly interested in papers that speak to the “moral, cultural, political, social, and financial costs of imperial ambitions, military interventions, and nation-building.”
Welcome to the Jungle? Prospects for the International Order After Trump
Should the United States embrace a new foreign policy of restraint, or must we continue to defend "the liberal world order"? Patrick Porter and Robert Kagan debate. Kathy Gilsinan moderates.
Is America’s Foreign Policy Compatible with Christian Ethics?
Paul Miller and Michael Desch both seek to connect American foreign policy to higher ideals, with vastly divergent conclusions.
CSS’ Gilmour to Appear at Harvard Club
This presentation, based on his recently published book, uses insights from the ancient world to support critical thinking and policy formulation toward a region in which the United States continues to have significant interests.
A Thanksgiving Message from CSS
Unilateralism represents a reversal of the old spirit of constitutionalism and checks-and-balances. Just as, domestically, particular interests need to accommodate other interests, so, internationally, states need to check and balance each other.
New Publication From CSS Founding Director
Founding Director Claes G. Ryn's A Common Human Ground: Universality and Particularity in a Multicultural World is out now with new…
Forthcoming Books from CSS Scholars
2019 will witness two book releases from CSS scholars.
Event: Film Showing and Panel Discussion
Please join us for the first event in a film series highlighting the plight of Christian communities in the Middle East.
Event: The Middle East in Transition: Insights and Policy Options from the Ancient World
An upcoming lecture by Andrew Gilmour, a decorated 32-year veteran of the CIA.
The United States and the Two Koreas in the Trump Era: Prospects for Denuclearization
This, the 2018 John Oh Memorial Lecture, was delivered by U.S. Ambassador (Retired) Kathleen Stephens.
New Staff at the Center
Justin T. Logan has been appointed Director of Programs and Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship.
Event: The United States and the Two Koreas in the Trump Era
The Center will co-sponsor a lecture by Ambassador (retired) Kathleen Stephens, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2008-2011.
Fifteen Years of Forever Wars
Starting wars without any idea of how we will end them, on what terms, and with whom, is a recipe for endless disaster.
Highlights from “America’s Double Government: The Hidden Agenda of the National Security State”
A highlight reel of our November 29, 2017 panel discussion, “America’s Double Government: The Hidden Agenda of the National Security State.”
Event: The Iraq Invasion in Retrospect
Join us for a lecture by our newly appointed Visiting Fellow, Lawrence Wilkerson. Open to media and the general public.
CSS Director Claes Ryn Speaks at Washington, D.C. Foreign Policy Event
What is distinctive to CSS’s intellectual orientation?
Event: America’s Double Government
Which figures and organizations actually set the tone for American foreign policy? Andrew Bacevich, Michael Glennon, and Louis Fisher discuss.
CSS Launch Event: Panel Discussion and Introductory Remarks
Full video from our Launch Event on September 13, 2017. Featuring a conversation on U.S. foreign policy with Dr. Claes Ryn, Doug Bandow, and The Most Reverend Timothy Broglio, J.C.D. Introductory remarks by John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America.
Official Launch Video, Center for the Study of Statesmanship at Catholic University
With a mix of fanfare and gravitas, Catholic University formally launched the Center for the Study of Statesmanship (CSS) Sept. 13 at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, D.C.
Louis Fisher: War Powers and Unconstitutional Wars from Truman to the Present
The Center for the Study of Statesmanship at Catholic University hosted its first lecture on April 19, 2017, given by constitutional scholar Louis Fisher. Most recently Fisher has worked as a Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers at the Library of Congress, and lectured on the War Powers and unconstitutional wars.
Center for the Study of Statesmanship Kicks Off
With a mix of fanfare and gravitas, Catholic University formally launched the Center for the Study of Statesmanship (CSS) Sept.…
Catholic University Kicks Off Foreign Policy Center
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) President Donald Trump has adopted a tough line on North Korea and announced the deployment of more American…
Catholic University Announces Center for the Study of Statesmanship
The Catholic University of America announced today the establishment of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship to promote research, teaching, and public discussion about how statesmanship can defuse conflict and foster respectful foreign and domestic relations.