Trita Parsi comes back on the show to recap the Quincy Institute’s recent conference in Washington D.C., which put pro-restraint and pro-interventionist figures on panels together to debate the merits of America’s foreign policy status quo. Some from the antiwar movement have been critical of Parsi’s organization for not being radical enough, but Parsi reiterates that an “inside game” is going to look different from an “outside game”, and that while the absolutely pure antiwar position is valuable to the movement, it’s also important to engage with those on the inside of American policymaking in a way that actually allows the ideas from both sides to be openly debated. Parsi and Scott consider the conference a success, and look forward to more events of the same type in the future.
Discussed on the show:
- “2¾ Cheers for the New Quincy Institute” (The Libertarian Institute)
- “David Petraeus And The Art Of Staying The Same” (The American Conservative)
- “Anti-Interventionist Think Tank’s Debut is a Dud” (Consortium News)
- “After ‘Advocating Killing Iranians’ for Years, Neocon Bill Kristol Called Out for Faux Concern” (Common Dreams)
Trita Parsi is the president of the National Iranian American Council and the author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy. Parsi is the recipient of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Follow him on Twitter @tparsi.
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