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Is It the End of the World As We Know It? Addressing Geopolitical Concerns in a Time of Uncertainty

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Is It the End of the World As We Know It? Addressing Geopolitical Concerns in a Time of Uncertainty

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January 24 and 25, 2018

Donovan Pavilion | Vail

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.
About the speakers
Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. She is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy and from 2012-2013, she served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States.





Thomas Wright is the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. Wright works on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, Donald Trump’s worldview, the future of Europe, and Asian security. 





Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill is Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the University of Denver. Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents. Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue.




Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, novelist, blogger, syndicated columnist, media commentator and expert in Asian affairs and biotechnology policy. He has served in the US National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society and with the United Nations in Cambodia.





Moderator Greg Dobbs is a professional speaker on global affairs, the author of two books and has been a journalist for more almost 50 years, spending most of his time as a correspondent— including roughly two decades as a foreign and war correspondent— for two American television networks. 
This program is generously underwritten by Rob LeVine & Evelyn Pinney and Sandy & Fred Pack. 

Note: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 6 p.m.

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