The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft to Lay the Foundation for New Foreign Policy Perspectives

Discussion of America’s foreign policy has been confined within the proverbial “48-yard lines” of conventional thinking. As a result, most major think-tanks, while differing cosmetically in their approach to foreign affairs, share a fundamental belief that the United States should exercise military predominance to help order world affairs—despite unintended consequences and great cost to the American public.

The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft (QI) aims to challenge this dominant narrative.

Named for the nation’s sixth president, John Quincy Adams, QI brands itself as an action-oriented think tank that will lay the foundation for a new foreign policy centered on diplomatic engagement and military restraint. “U.S. foreign policy has become excessively militarized, and this has not served the nation well,” co-founder and retired U.S. Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich told POLITICO. “It has undermined American leadership in the world.”

Launched in 2019 with substantial support from the Charles Koch Foundation (alongside other partners like the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Open Society Foundations), an impressive stable of experts and affiliated scholars will tackle diverse issues ranging from U.S. grand strategy to Middle East policy and the future of East Asia. QI will address the overuse of military force in American foreign policy and propose creative solutions to key challenges facing the country.

“Over the last 30 years, U.S. foreign policy has failed to make us safer or more prosperous,” said William Ruger, vice president of research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute. “The marketplace of ideas hasn’t been very robust, and the country has suffered as a consequence.” The Charles Koch Foundation is excited to “broaden the debate about U.S. foreign policy by working with institutions like the Quincy Institute that aim to challenge the status quo.

Learn more about the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft here.

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