Malou Innocent


Malou Innocent, Foreign Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute, discusses conservative opposition to the Afghanistan War, how US overreaction to minor threats creates real national security problems, the current logistical impossibility of nation-building in Afghanistan, the backlash against the Liz Cheney/Bill Kristol “al-Qaeda 7” ad and the hypocrisy of conservatives who despise government social engineering at home but support it abroad.

MP3 here. (28:02)

Malou Innocent is a Foreign Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute. She is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and her primary research interests include Middle East and Persian Gulf security issues and U.S. foreign policy toward Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China. She has appeared as a guest analyst on CNN, BBC News, Fox News Channel, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, CNBC Asia, and Reuters.

Innocent has published reviews and articles on national security and international affairs in journals such as Survival, Congressional Quarterly, and Harvard International Review. She has also written for Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal Asia, Christian Science Monitor, Armed Forces Journal, the Guardian, Huffington Post, the Washington Times, and other outlets both in the United States and overseas. She earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mass Communications and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

5 thoughts on “Malou Innocent”

  1. Just a quibble about Innocent's assessment of the neocons–being ex-Trotksyites, I highly doubt they bear any love for monarchical government (unless, like Alexander Hamilton did, they see the executive branch as an ersatz monarch). Otherwise, she was spot on.

  2. That was really good. She's great. It can't be easy to do that from the inside, even though it's stating the obvious.

    I remember hearing John Cleese say 'When I was young I thought the world was basically sane with pockets of insanity and now I am older I think it's basically insane with a few pockets of sanity.'

    That's where I am these days too. is one of those pockets.

  3. Go Malou and Scott and Friends – it's so important to try to bring conservatives away from the war madness. I had an interesting e-mail correspondence with a Tea Party leader. He said, straight out, that small government only applies to things like welfare and bailouts. It doesn't apply to national security. He was very sure that a strong national defense was necessary – "We can't be pushed around." Was totally OK with locking people up without charge – "we're at war with terrorism." Seemed totally oblivious that the US is the one with bases all over the world, pushing everyone else around. When I brought that up, he stopped writing back.

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