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2016 Distinguished Service Award Dinner Honoring Senators Tim Kaine and Pat Roberts

The Center for the National Interest honored Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) with its 2016 Distinguished Service Awards on May 23 in Washington, DC. Center President Dimitri Simes delivered the evening’s opening remarks. Center Vice Chairman Dov Zakheim introduced Senator Kaine and Center Chairman Charles Boyd introduced Senator Roberts. After brief speeches

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"I’m a supporter of American alliances because they do enhance our power worldwide, but if our allies aren’t prepared to bear the necessary burdens and take steps that strengthen U.S. security, then we will have a problem."

-Ambassador Richard Burt

"What happens when—not if—the United States and China have a minor-to-moderate incident in disputed waters?"

-John Cookson

"China's rapid ascent to great-power status has, more than any other international development, raised concerns about the future of the liberal international order."

-Richard Fontaine and Mira Rapp-Hooper

"I am deeply concerned by how contentious our foreign policy debates have become and hope, as we formulate an approach for the region, that we can pull back from our growing division at home."

-Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad

“I believe the United States should adopt a strategy of offshore balancing,...You don’t want to go to war unless you absolutely have to."

-Professor John Mearsheimer

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2016 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD DINNER HONORING SENATORS TIM KAINE AND PAT ROBERTS

The Center for the National Interest honored Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) with its 2016 Distinguished Service Awards on May 23 in Washington, DC. Center President Dimitri Simes delivered the evening’s opening remarks. Center Vice Chairman Dov Zakheim introduced Senator Kaine and Center Chairman Charles Boyd introduced Senator Roberts. After brief speeches

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