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Preventive Engagement: How America Can Avoid War, Stay Strong, and Keep the Peace

The United States needs to do a better job at “looking and acting ahead” to shape an increasingly turbulent world. Doing so is key to lessen the risk of being drawn into new and potentially costly military commitments that can drain its power and weaken its resolve to play a global leadership role. 

That’s the central argument of Paul B. Stares in his new book, which proposes a comprehensive preventive strategy to reduce the demand for U.S. power over the long, medium, and short term – in contrast to the more common prescriptions that call on the United States to do either more or less militarily to defend its interests.

Join us for a discussion with the author on the idea of “preventive engagement.”




  • Robert S. Litwak

    Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies


  • Paul B. Stares

    Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations and author, Preventive Engagement