America “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” — John Quincy Adams
Their website says,
The Quincy Institute is an action-oriented think tank that will lay the foundation for a new foreign policy centered on diplomatic engagement and military restraint. The current moment presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring together like-minded progressives and conservatives and set U.S. foreign policy on a sensible and humane footing. Our country’s current circumstances demand it.Humanists have a lot of sympathy for George Soros and his Open Institute, and for David Koch's (Charles's brother) support for the Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian Institute. We also agree that excessive foreign wars are a waste of life and resources.
The U.S. needs more diplomacy, and a better way to keep peace in the world. The approach of sending troops and drones to kill bad guys is not a solution.
What this institute should encourage is a better understanding of how human cultures and political organizations evolve. Rather than expecting fast and easy solution to every problem in the world, we should work on methods to make gradual changes that will lead to better, but not perfect, solutions.
Americans tend to be too impatient. They hear a problem in another country, and they want a fast, simple solution. In some cases, a dictator with democratic sympathy and a reasonable human rights record may be preferable to overthrow of a government to create chaos, after which the chaos has to be organized from nothing.
The important thing is to understand how to make slow but constant improvements. The U.S. needs to learn how to use its influence and its diplomatic corps to modify unacceptable behavior by other countries.
That doesn't mean isolationism or refusal to get involved. It also doesn't involve invasions of foreign countries. It does involve patience.