August 22, 2017

As President Donald Trump announces a renewed commitment to America’s longest war in Afghanistan and foreign policy decisions are continually made in an atmosphere of controversy, Catholic University’s newly-established Center for the Study of Statesmanship (CSS) offers a measured approach to foreign policy that is rooted in restraint and American constitutionalism. At an event at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Sept. 13, several speakers will offer brief remarks about current foreign policy issues and the role that the center can play in reshaping them.

The speakers include:

  • Most Rev. Timothy Broglio, archbishop for the Military Services, USA and a former Vatican diplomat: “The Stresses and Strains of U.S. Interventionism upon the U.S. Military and their Families”
  • Doug Bandow, a columnist for and a foreign policy scholar at the Cato Institute: “The Policy Failures of Recent U.S. Interventions”  
  • Claes Ryn, professor of politics and executive director of CSS: “What a New U.S. Foreign Policy of Restraint Would Look Like and Why It Is in the American Constitutional Tradition”

Speakers will be available to the media following the brief program. The event runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The National Press Club is located on the 13th floor in the Fourth Estate Room at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

CSS comes under the umbrella of Catholic University’s Institute for Human Ecology, which was established to take up Pope Francis’s call in Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home to study the relationships of human beings to one another and the world around them.

The center will promote research, teaching, and public discussion about how statesmanship can defuse conflict and foster respectful foreign and domestic relations. Ryn has written extensively on the dangers of abstract ideology in foreign and domestic affairs and about the moral and cultural preconditions of good relations among persons, peoples, and civilizations.

MEDIA: To schedule an interview or attend this event, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at or 202-319-5600.