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The Trustees of the


Cordially Invite You to an Address by


Robert J. Lieber, Ph.D.


Professor of Government & International Affairs,

Georgetown University


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.


Members: Free of Charge* – Guest of a Member: $10.00 – Non-Members: 25.00**

"Retreat and Its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order"

The role of the United States in the world is perhaps the most important issue in contemporary American foreign policy.  Many believe that the previous Administration diminished America’s participation and leadership role beyond that required by coping with overreach; and many are confused about the current Administration’s strategic vision.  Hence, we are extraordinarily fortunate to be joined by one of the nation’s premier scholars who has given long and serious attention precisely to the issue of America’s role in the world.

He is the author or editor of seventeen books on international relations and United States foreign policy, including a series of books on American engagement and retrenchment in the 21st century published by Cambridge University Press, an America’s future trilogy: The American Era: Power & Strategy for the 21st  Century (2005); Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the United States Is Not Destined To Decline (2012); and Retreat and Its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order (2016). 

Professor Lieber received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from Harvard.  He has taught at Harvard, Oxford, and  the University of California, Davis, and has been Visiting Fellow at the Atlantic Institute in Paris, the Brookings Institution in Washington, and Fudan University in Shanghai.  He has served as an advisor to several presidential campaigns, to the State Department, and to the drafters of the United States Intelligence Estimates.  Professor Lieber has lectured in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and his op-eds and articles have appeared in scholarly journals in the United States, Germany, Great Britain, France, and Israel.  Media appearances have been on the major American news networks, BBC, Al Jazeera, and others in Europe, the Arab world, and Israel. 

It is an honor and a pleasure to welcome Professor Robert J. Lieber to the Council.

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