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Panelists: 'Should America Be the World's Police?'

Read about the panelists debating the proposition "America Should Be the World's Policeman" in the latest in the Intelligence Squared U.S. series.


Max Boot

Max Boot is a senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times and a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other publications. His latest book is War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today.

Michael Mandelbaum

Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter professor of American foreign policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of books including Democracy's Good Name: The Rise and Risks of the World's Most Popular Form of Government.

Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray is a best-selling author, commentator and director of the Center for Social Cohesion, a London-based think tank that focuses on terrorism and extremism within the U.K. His most recent book is Neoconservatism: Why We Need It. He appears regularly on the BBC and other broadcast media.


Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer is president of Eurasia Group, the political risk consultancy. Bremmer has held research and faculty positions at Columbia University, the EastWest Institute, the Hoover Institution, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the World Policy Institute. Bremmer's five books include The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall.

Ellen Laipson

Ellen Laipson is president and CEO of the Henry L. Stimson Center, which she joined in 2002 after nearly 25 years of government service. She served as vice chair of the National Intelligence Council, at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and on the National Security Council staff.

Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris was born in South Africa and educated at Cambridge and Yale. Parris was a British Parliament member who worked for Margaret Thatcher in opposition and became a conservative politician. He now writes for The Times of London and the Spectator and is a broadcaster for the BBC.


Morley Safer

Morley Safer has been correspondent and co-editor for CBS' 60 Minutes almost since its inception in 1968. This is his 38th year on the broadcast. Before 60 Minutes, he was CBS News' bureau chief in Saigon, spending three tours covering the Vietnam War. He is the author of Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam.