Strauss Center Scholars Will Inboden, Josh Busby and their colleague Jonathan Monten, were featured on the homepage of Foreign Affairs today. The article, "American Foreign Policy is Already Post-Partisan," highlights the scholars' recently completed study on multilateralism among U.S. foreign policy professionals. They surveyed 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats who had served in a mid-level or higher foreign policy position in order to assess the level of division in their standpoints on multilateralism.
What they found was a surprising amount of bipartisan agreement on the importance of multilateralism as well as value of organizations such as NATO and the UN. Differences do arise between Democrats and Republicans when weighing the balance between sovereignty and interdependence; they agree on the importance of multilateralism, but do not agree on the how and the why. Overall, the survey shows some serious partisan disagreement, but there are also many issues the two parties do agree upon. The authors conclude that the results of this study provide a good outlook for the American foreign policy community coming together to improve the quality of multilateral engagement policy.