The 4th Floor Think Tank

Students at desks
Freshmen present on various strategies in US Policy.


The think tanks and policy institutes in Washington D.C. better prepare themselves for some well-educated Saints.

Interacting with Middle Eastern nations has never been “easy” for the United States.  Depending on the country, the US has adapted and implemented its foreign policy strategies, altering sensitivity with demonstrative power.  Perhaps this is why it was so impressive to see STA freshmen develop and articulate four different policy approaches in their social studies class today.

Assigned one of four options, students were tasked with arguing for a certain US foreign policy approach and then armed themselves for questions and debate by their peers. Should the United States do everything in its power to spread democracy and protect human rights in the Middle East or should it step back and allow the region to manage itself?  Due to the volatile and dangerous environment in the area, should the US serve as “police” in order to protect its economic and military interests or rather reassess its role completely? These were the topics that were presented, argued, challenged and debated while teacher Mrs. Duprat moderated. 

The official goals of the US State Department are to “build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.”  It was clear from today’s student conversations that the US Foreign Service may land itself some top-notch diplomats one day. The path to world peace may just begin in a 4th floor classroom.