May 31, 2017

The Future of American Foreign Policy in a Disordered World

Thomas Wright, Ph.D., Director, Project on Int’l Order & Strategy, The Brookings Institution

Wright explains the shift from the age of convergence to the age of divergence, with a focus on Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East. He argues that this new era is one of renewed geopolitical competition between major powers—Russia, China, and the U.S.—in the backdrop of globalization. He then concludes with how the U.S. can combat the issues of this era through responsible competition.

Prominent Question: How do you address the domestic lack of economic confidence in the international order?

Key Words: U.S., Russia, China, world powers, geopolitics, East Asia, Europe, Trump, Middle East, nationalism, populism, North Korea