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  • US must pursue a path of international energy engagement


    R. Tillerson

    In the very first issue of Foreign Affairs, statesman and founding Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member Elihu Root wrote, “No nation whose citizens trade and travel, need consider whether it will be a member of the community of nations... It is compelled by the situation.” Because of this, he said, there is a “pressing demand for popular education in international affairs.” Root wrote at a time when Americans were debating whether to choose an isolationist foreign policy or an internationalist one. Thankfully, the latter view eventually carried the day. Today, a similar debate is taking place on energy security. Should the US seek so-called “energy independence” in an illusive effort to insulate itself from the impact of world events on the economy? Or should Americans pursue the path of international engagement, seeking ways to better compete within the global market for energy?

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