Nina Hachigian On the New U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives
Nina Hachigian is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. Based in Los Angeles, she is the co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise (Simon & Schuster, 2008). She focuses on great power relationships, international institutions, and U.S. foreign policy. Prior to American Progress, Hachigian was a senior political scientist at RAND Corporation and served as the director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy for four years. Before RAND, she had an international affairs fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations during which she researched the Internet in China. From 1998 to 1999, Hachigian was on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House.
Hachigian has published numerous reports, book chapters, and journal articles, including essays in Foreign Affairs and The Washington Quarterly as well as op-ed pieces appearing in the The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the South China Morning Post, among others. Her earlier book was The Information Revolution in Asia (RAND, 2003). She has been a guest on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Fox News, CNN International, the "Tavis Smiley Show," and "All Things Considered." She is on the board of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs at Stanford University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Hachigian received her B.S. from Yale University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Nina Hachigan: Well, given the reality that we have these new, big powers on the scene, our recommendation for the United States is to follow a policy called Strategic Collaboration, and there’s four elements. And the first is Compounding American Strength. So, basically, solving some of the problems that we have here at home, doing a better job of educating our kids and getting universal healthcare, and a number of other things, all for very specific foreign policy reasons, not just because they’re the right thing domestically. The second is developing relationships with these powers that are on the basis of a partnership, so we might not like them, but that we ought to approach them as partners in trying to solve some problems that we collectively share, and that we all want to solve, like terrorism, contagious disease- so that’s the second element. The third is to try to lead these powers toward constructing a more robust world order. The world order- all the organizations that really carry U.S. water are in deep trouble and some were flawed from the beginning, but they are all- they all need attention and the fact is that all these powers benefit from them being strong, so that’s the third. And then the fourth is to cover our bets, because we don’t know, at the end of the day, what the trajectory of these powers is going to be. The United States has not a great record in terms of trying to predict who’s gonna be the next big power. We- you know, we thought it was Japan in the 1980’s and we thought it was Russia- we thought it might be Germany, we thought it might be unified Europe and all those, you know, faded away, and now it’s China that’s our focus, and we don’t know what China’s trajectory is. China doesn’t know what China’s trajectory is, so it makes sense to think about thirty, forty years from now, to not discount the possibility that an aggressive China might emerge. But the fact is that our policies toward China now will be a key element in making sure that does not happen.
Recorded on: 5/14/08
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