Fellow Talks

The Dangers of Democratic Foreign Policy

featuring Bruce Thornton
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Professor Bruce Thornton of Cal State Fresno

Research Fellow Bruce Thornton discusses the challenges of foreign policy in a democratic state, based on his recent book Democracy’s Dangers and Discontents: The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama. He begins with examining the drawbacks of using widespread discussion and deliberation for prompt decision making, which is a critical component for successful foreign policy. He argues that elections, accountability, and other democratic institutions deter the long-term thinking and sustained morale for war. He ends with a discussion on the trade-offs necessitated by democratic institutions.