For the last five years, the post-Cold War bipartisan consensus in U.S. foreign policy—that the sustained deployment of U.S. power around the world is indispensable for maintaining the international system—has been called into question. There are now a series of competing narratives providing very different rationales for the degree and scope of U.S. engagement being advanced by different groups on the U.S. domestic political spectrum—each resting on a different understanding of what constitutes ethics in international affairs.

In this context, Carnegie Council's U.S Global Engagement program (USGE) seeks to:

  1. Reshape wider discussions on American foreign policy to seriously address the causes and consequences of U.S. disengagement and re-engagement;
  2. Move ethical considerations to the center of policymakers' thinking about international relations, including the emergence of new ethical perspectives based on environmentalism, a focus on greater inclusivity, and the emergence of new technologies;
  3. Probe the ethical considerations in a world increasingly defined by geopolitical and ideological competition among major powers; and
  4. Inform democratic citizens' understanding of international affairs, global engagement, and U.S. foreign policymaking.

USGE gratefully acknowledges the support for its work from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The USGE program has recently started The Doorstep podcast, co-hosted by Tatiana Serafin and Nikolas Gvosdev. 

The Doorstep is an innovative international news podcast that invites listeners to recognize that all global news is local in a borderless internet. Each week, Serafin and Gvosdev will tackle new topics and regions discussing why they matter to a rising young electorate changing the shape of the United States today.

Listeners are encouraged to send questions in via Twitter, to @TatianaSerafin or @CarnegieCouncil, or via

Recent Episodes of The Doorstep podcast:

September 30, 2021: Can the United Nations Save the World? with Catherine Tinker

September 15, 2021: Haiti on the Precipice of Change, with Emmanuela Douyon & Jean Eddy Saint Paul

September 2, 2021: What's Next for Biden's Asia Pivot? with Paul Saunders

August 19, 2021: The Future of Afghanistan Roundtable Discussion with Ali M Latifi & Said Sabir Ibrahimi

August 5, 2021: How Shipping Can Help Reenergize Globalization, with BIMCO's Peter Sand

July 23, 2021: Biden's India Strategy, with Dhruva Jaishankar

Recent Virtual Events:

September 28, 2021: China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy, with Peter Martin

June 15, 2021: Rethinking American Grand Strategy, with Christopher McKnight Nichols

March 31, 2021: 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, with Admiral James Stavridis & Elliot Ackerman

October 15, 2020: The Democratic Community: A Path for U.S. Engagement? with Ash Jain

September 29, 2020: Great Power Competition: What Role Does It Play in the 2020 Presidential Race? with Ali Wyne

September 17, 2020: What is Asia to the U.S.? Connecting the Pacific Region to the American Doorstep, with Christopher Hill

July 27, 2020: Human Security is National Security in a Time of Pandemic, with Derek Reveron