Young Americans suffer from poor educations. Older people find it hard to keep up with the major and substantial changes that have unfolded since the end of the Cold War. The consequences of ignorance: American disengagement from the wider world and poor decision-making at a moment of mounting global dysfunction.
There have of course been positive trends over the last 30 years. At the forefront is a huge decline in the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty. But the positive changes are offset by problematic developments like declining support for democratic institutions, rapidly growing global inequality, the inability for nations to come together to fight climate change, and the resurgence of great power rivals: China and Russia. One could reasonably argue that “global disorder” is accelerating in the years ahead. The question then is, what can and should the United States do?
This talk will discuss the above issues and Dr. Haass’ new Book, a New York Times bestseller: The World: A Brief Introduction and with it world history, what drives various regions of the world, the challenges of globalization, the most influential countries, events, and ideas, and what the United States and her allies and partners need to do going forward to ensure continued American security and prosperity.