Millennials and Their Attitudes About War

by Conor Friedersdorf

Dan Drezner writes:

As I think about it, here are the Millennials' foundational foreign policy experiences: 

1)  An early childhood of peace and prosperity -- a.k.a., the Nineties;

2)  The September 11th attacks;

3)  Two Very Long Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq;

4)  One Financial Panic/Great Recession;

5)  The ascent of China under the shadow of U.S. hegemony. 

From these experiences, I would have to conclude that this generation should be anti-interventionist to the point of isolationism. Then again, I'm looking at this through my own irony-drenched Gen-X eyes. 

I'm curious to hear from twentysomethings in the comments -- what are the foreign policy lessons that you can draw from your upbringing? I'm also curious what lessons twentysomethings in other countries can draw from their own formative experiences.  

Interesting. I wonder what role, if any, that globalization, changes in media, and the absence of a draft or the threat of one has on these attitudes. For prior generations, war meant a lot more even to people who weren't fighting than it does today.

(Mr. Drezner tells us what he is reading this August here.)