Unipolar Disorder (Foreign Policy)


Benjamin Valentino, an associate professor of government, recently conducted a poll examining Americans’ attitudes about foreign policy.

In an extensive interview with Foreign Policy, Valentino details the poll’s results and what they reveal about public opinion. “On the one hand, Americans showed little willingness to reconsider any of our major overseas commitments and even some readiness to establish new ones,” he told Foreign Policy. “On the other hand, although most of the public seems to recognize the increasing difficulty we face in paying for these commitments (more than 60 percent agreed that America ‘can no longer afford to maintain its commitments to defend all of its current allies around the world’), there was relatively little support for increasing taxes to help pay for them.”

Read the full story, published 7/3/12 by Foreign Policy.

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