Although Alexis de Tocqueville is frequently quoted, his advice is rarely taken. Tocqueville has much to teach us, not only on how to judge our democracy’s internal health, but also on how to conduct our foreign affairs. By showing us how to think about other regimes—in particular, non-democratic ones—his approach to foreign affairs is perhaps deeper and more insightful than ours.
With our current foreign policy in complete disarray, Tocqueville can shed much light on our situation. He can help us analyze states with whom we interact abroad, while warning us about the limits of our power and telling us what to avoid in foreign affairs.
More About the Speakers
Professor of Government, Georgetown University
Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage, Hillsdale College
Associate Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics