Is Militarization Essential for Security in 2022 and Beyond?

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

This event is being conducted virtually through Zoom webinar and YouTube Live.

Detail from book cover of Ethics, Security, and the War-Machine by Ned Dobos.

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In the 20 years from 9/11 to the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, the United States and its allies significantly expanded their military and security infrastructures. As America pivots from the War on Terror, new areas of focus have begun to take center stage, including the militarization of space and the debate over whether the U.S. and China are headed toward, or might already be engaged in, a new Cold War. 

Before committing to the next chapter of militarization, we should take the opportunity to assess the last 20 years and ask a few critical questions:  

  • How has our basic definition of security changed in the age of cyberspace and outer space, and what do we actually mean by security today? 
  • What has been the true (non-economic) costs of maintaining a military? And do these outweigh the benefits? 
  • Is there a better way to meet our basic security responsibilities without militarizing across society? 
  • Are there viable alternatives to a standing military? And if we do have militaries, how should they be arranged, trained, and equipped to meet the 21st century threats?  

On December 14 at 3:00pm ET, Carnegie Council invites you to attend a virtual panel on both the security benefits and often misunderstood costs of militarism for society. You can register for the event here.  We hope that you will join us for this critical conversation and Q&A. 


  • Elliot Ackerman is an author and a former White House Fellow and Marine. His books include Red Dress In Black and WhiteWaiting for Eden, Dark at the Crossing, and 2034
  • Neta C. Crawford is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Boston University. 
  • Ned Dobos is a senior lecturer in international and political studies at UNSW Canberra. He is the author of Ethics, Security, and the War-Machine
  • Joel Rosenthal, president of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, will moderate this event.  

This special event was inspired by the Ethics, Security, and the War-Machine book symposium recently published in the Fall 2021 issue of Carnegie Council's Ethics & International Affairs journal.



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