Thursday, November 5th
Marriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City (6:00-8:00PM)
Mr. Walter Russell Mead
Editor-at-Large, The American Interest Online Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities, Bard College
Rethinking the Development of the Liberal, Capitalist World Order
Over the last 7 decades, the United States, its partners, and allies have created a global system of international organizations, rule sets, standards of behavior, agreements, norms, and alliances. These all trace their lineage to the successful use of American military power in the prosecution of wars followed by comprehensive political and economic engagement, and then continually reinforced over time. However, the past several decades have seen large shifts in the global security environment. At the strategic level, the transition from a post-Cold War security environment characterized by overwhelming U.S. power, and supporting institutions and alliances may be giving way to other powers and their ability to challenge the status quo.
For the Rethinking Seminar, Mr. Mead will discuss the rise and development of a liberal, capitalist world order based on the economic, social, and military power of the United States and its closest allies as well as the implications of an evolving world order for American foreign policy.
Mr. Walter Russell Mead is the Editor-at-Large of The American Interest and the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College. He is also the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. A prolific author, his books include Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (2001); God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008); Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk (2004).He also writes articles, book reviews, and op-ed pieces for the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, American Interest, and other magazines and newspapers. (Biography)