Experts to discuss Trump and competition among world’s superpowers

Two foreign policy strategists will host a public conversation examining the geo-political transition from post-Cold War cooperation among the world’s major powers – namely the U.S., Russia and China – into a newly heightened era of competition now facing the Trump administration.

Sponsored by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, “Great Power Rivalry and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall. To RSVP, visit the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page.

The discussion will feature Dr. Thomas Wright, director of the Center for the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution, and Dr. James Goldgeier, professor of international relations who has served as dean of the School of International Service at American University.

Wright is the author of “All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power,” which has been described by Publisher’s Weekly as a “bracing antidote to simplistic thinking about complex policies” and by the Financial Times as an “immensely useful and lucid analysis of the current global balance of power.”

He will provide an overview of some of the main themes of his book – the revival of great power competition and the growing challenges to the international liberal order – before giving his assessment of how the Trump administration has chosen to navigate this difficult geopolitical environment.

Goldgeier has authored or co-authored four books, including: “America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11,” “Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy Toward Russia after the Cold War” and “Not Whether But When: The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO.” He is the recipient of the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award in national and international security and co-recipient of the Georgetown University Lepgold Book Prize in international relations.

Dr. Iskander Rehman, senior fellow for international relations at the Pell Center, will moderate the discussion.

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