Connecticut’s former Senator Joe Lieberman will join a project on American leadership at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington, D.C. think tank.
Lieberman will join former Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona as co-chair of the American Internationalism Project, a new effort to be housed inside AEI’s Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies. Although Lieberman is not joining AEI, he will be a leader of this project, which will be coordinated by AEI research fellow Phillip Lohaus.
“The impetus for the project was an overall feeling of creeping isolationism in an era of fiscal austerity,” Lohaus told the online magazine The Cable. “There’s a sense that the feeling that America is a force for good in the world is losing traction. This project is an attempt to redefine the conversation as America as a force for good.”
The project is intended to provide a cogent counter-argument to the rise of neo-isolationism in the nation’s capital, as manifested in the increased popularity of figures such as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Lohaus said, adding that the project’s steering committee would include foreign policy experts representing the full spectrum of political views from both sides of the political aisle.
“There is an urgent need to rebuild a bipartisan — indeed non-political — consensus for American diplomatic, economic, and military leadership in the world,” said Lieberman in a press release. “That’s why I am grateful to AEI for initiating and sponsoring this project and why I look forward to leading it with my friend Jon Kyl.”
“Senator Joseph Lieberman’s knowledge, deep commitment and vision for American greatness is all too rare in Washington,” said AEI president Arthur C. Brooks in the release. “The American Internationalism Project, under the leadership of Senator Lieberman and Senator Jon Kyl, is critical to opening a discussion about the challenges facing America in the coming decades—and strategizing about how to meet them.”
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