Is It the End of the World As We Know It? Addressing Geopolitical Concerns in a Time of Uncertainty
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No one lives in a bubble and now, more than ever, Americans are paying attention to worldwide concerns and our nation’s foreign policies. This two day, four-session program will provide an in-depth focus on major international issues that the United States and the rest of the world are facing as well as raising important questions.
Wednesday, January 24. Session 1: 6 – 7:15 p.m.; Session 2; 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Session 1: Is Europe Falling Apart? with Julie Smith
The countries of Europe, especially since the development of the European Union, have been increasing their economic power. Where is their economic power going and are there already signs of it diminishing? What is the relationship to political power?•
Session 2: The Future of Democracy and Dictators in the Non-Western World with Thomas Wright
It seems like so many countries are favoring the strong-armed leader, even in some of the more advanced countries. What are the reasons for this? What is the future for democracy in the broader world? What does this mean for the United States?
Thursday, January 25. Session 3: 6 -7:15 p.m.; Session 4: 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Session 3: Is China Destined to Rule the World? with Ambassador Christopher Hill
The economic boom in China has created a significant world power and revived the Chinese perception of filling their rightful place at the top of the world order, economically and politically. What does this mean for the United States and the rest of the world?
Session 4: Is the Post War Order Collapsing? With Jamie Metzl
Since World War II, and especially the collapse of the Soviet Union, there has been a relatively consistent world order. This is now being brought into question. Each of the previous sessions will cover pieces, but this presentation will provide an integrated, worldwide view.
This program is generously underwritten by Rob LeVine & Evelyn Pinney and Sandy & Fred Pack.
Director of the Center on the United States and Europe
Center for a New American Security
The Atlantic Council
George W. Ball Adjunct Professor