Earlier this week, Flynt spoke at a New America Foundation event, “Beyond Primacy Rethinking American Grand Strategy and the Command of the Commons,” which can be watched by clicking on the video embedded above. Flynt responded to a paper presented by two MIT doctoral students proposing a new American military posture. Flynt’s remarks focus on the foreign policy context for defense policy decisions; he argues that until the United States abandons its quixotic and counterproductive pursuit of hegemony in place like the Middle East, it will not be possible for Washington to take rational decisions about America’s military posture and defense policy. For those who want to go directly to Flynt’s remarks, fast forward to around the 30.33 mark on the video.
–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett