The U.S. Should Never Be Burning Books

Allison Stanger
Middlebury, VT

International Affairs Security & Defense


Allison Stanger, PhD
Professor of International Politics and Economics
Middlebury College
Allison Stanger is an American foreign policy expert. She can speak to decreased accountability and government outsourcing, government contracting, globalization and the changing nature of power, the transparency imperative for 21st century governance.
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Middlebury, VT 05753
United States
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Allison Stanger is the Russell Leng Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College, where she also serves as director of the school’s Rohatyn Center for International Affairs.  While researching U.S. involvement in the Balkans, she noticed a greatly increased presence of private security companies there. Stanger soon realized the degree to which not only U.S. security, but also diplomacy, development and defense have been outsourced. She believes that the current level of unchecked outsourcing decreases accountability for government spending and results in a lost sense of government’s purpose. Stanger argues that with private companies executing foreign policy abroad, American influence is really beyond the scope of public view.

Stanger has taught at Middlebury College for 17 years. She is the author of “Empire of the Willing: The Privatization of American Power” (2009) and co-editor and co-translator, with Michael Kraus, of “Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia’s Dissolution” (2000; foreword by Václav Havel). She received her doctorate in political science from Harvard University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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The Privatization of American Power: Where is the Accountability?
What are the troubling results of unchecked outsourcing by the U.S. in security, diplomacy, development and defense? According to Allison Stanger, one example is a decrease in accountability for government spending.


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