Date(s) - 03/16/18
2:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Brian T. Edwards, Crown Professor and Director, Program in Middle East and North African Studies, Northwestern University; Evelyn Farkas, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Richard Wike, Director, Global Attitudes Research, Pew Research Center . Moderated by Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University.
Democracy, free enterprise, and egalitarianism are central to America’s self-identity. Emerging from the Cold War as the sole superpower the United States has confidently projected these values across the world through its culture, commerce, diplomacy, and military. But in recent years the U.S. has appeared to retreat from global leadership and waver in defense of its ideals. The rise of rival powers and the disruptive effects of globalization have also heightened the appeal of alternate ideologies. How is America viewed from abroad today, and what factors influence these attitudes? If America loses its appetite to lead, whose values will shape the world?
Brian T. Edwards
Crown Professor and Director, Program in Middle East and North African Studies, Northwestern University
Brian T. Edwards is Crown Professor and program director for Middle East Studies, and professor of English, comparative literary studies and American studies at Northwestern University. He also serves as the founding director of Northwestern’s program in Middle East and North African studies. He is the author of After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East, and a co-editor of Globalizing American Studies. Edwards’ articles have been published in the Believer, Public Culture, Foreign Policy, and the Chicago Tribune. He holds a PhD, MA, and a BA from Yale University.
Reuben E. Brigety II
Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University
Reuben E. Brigety II is dean of the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Previously Brigety was a US ambassador and held several positions included appointed U.S. representative to the African Union and permanent US representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He also served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Brigety’s career also includes serving as an active duty US naval officer. He holds a BS from the Naval Academy and an MPhil and PhD from Cambridge University.-