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Duckworth Discusses Public Service and Global Conflict at University of Chicago Institute of Politics Event

3/6/2019, noon | Updated on 3/6/2019, noon
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined former Chief Strategist to President Obama David Axelrod at the University of Chicago recently ...
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

Duckworth Discusses Public Service and Global Conflict at University of Chicago Institute of Politics Event

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined former Chief Strategist to President Obama David Axelrod at the University of Chicago recently to discuss her commitment to public service, the role of the American military around the world, improving public service opportunities for young adults and the importance of women in the leadership roles throughout our workforce. The event was hosted by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) and the Pearson Institute.

“We need the State Department to get more resources. The problem is, if you pull the troops out but you don’t do anything to help the local forces be able to govern itself to stand up to ISIS, then we’re going to end up sending troops back,” Duckworth said during her conversation with Axelrod about our nation’s leadership role in the world. “I want our troops to come home, but it’s not the military’s job to nation-build. It is not the military’s job to advise governments how to be democracies – that’s what the State Department and USAID are for. The problem is, we’re pulling out U.S. troops, but then we’re not engaging. We’re just leaving a hole, a gap in the space so that ISIS can step in.”