In Part 2 of our conversation with Walter Russell Mead, we discussed the future of American engagement with the wider world. How much do we need to pursue human rights abroad? And does a foreign policy based on human rights make us stronger (Damir, of course, is skeptical)?
Mead offers an answer, drawn from his own belief in "Christian realism." In the closing moments of the episode, we talk about the Biden administration's failures and successes in foreign affairs, as well as the reasons America's best and brightest made a mess of things after the end of the Cold War. And finally, how does divine providence figure into our future struggles with a rising China?