Foreign policy expert to speak of American military issues at Linfield

Foreign policy scholar Christopher Preble will present “Solving America’s Power Problem: Why a More Modest Foreign Policy and a Smaller Military Will Keep Us Safe and Free” on Thursday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in Riley 201 at Linfield.

Preble’s lecture will address the numerous polls that show that Americans want to reduce our military presence abroad in his lecture. He will explore the aims, costs and limitations of the use of this nation’s military power.

In Preble’s book, “The Power Problem,” he makes the case that the foreign policy experts who disdain the public’s perspectives are wrong. He will offer audience members a scholarly perspective on the issue.

Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and served onboard USS Ticonderoga from 1990 to 1993. Preble holds a Ph.D. in history from Temple University. In addition to “The Power Problem,” he is the author of “John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap” and “Exiting Iraq: How the U.S. Must End the Occupation and Renew the War against Al Qaeda.”

The event is hosted by the Linfield Department of Political Science and the International Relations major. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nicholas Buccola, assistant professor of political science, at