2014 Plenary 4:
 O Say, Can’t You See? The Indispensable Role of the Exceptional Superpower

In a unique and bi-partisan panel, the role of American power and influence was discussed and debated. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine argued that the US should replace the ideal of being indispensible with being exemplary, while Republican Senator John McCain asserted that, with the fundamental principles of freedom and democracy, American power is still indispensible in today’s world. The panel topics and participant questions virtually toured American influence around the world, through North and South America, Eastern and Continental Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the South China Sea, among other areas. Panelists agreed that Congressional involvement would be crucial going forward, acknowledging that the United States is currently in violation of its own War Powers