Date(s) - 05/22/17
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, Financial Times


In January 2017 Xi Jinping became the first Chinese president to attend the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos. Xi’s attendance, and his robust defense of globalization, were symbolic of the changing realities of global power. As global wealth and influence flow from west to east, Asia’s growth is ever more tied to global integration. Viewed from America, however, this process of easternization is often portrayed as a threat to American jobs and security – a perception that could increase as China’s regional economic and security influence grows. Is there an alternative to this zero sum assessment of US-Asian relations?

Gideon Rachman’s new book Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline From Obama to Trump and Beyond will be available for purchase and signing via The Book Cellar after the program.


Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, Financial Times


Gideon Rachman is the chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times, a position he had held since 2006. Previously Rachman was a senior editor and foreign correspondent at The Economist for fifteen years, during which time he was based in Brussels, Washington, and Bangkok. Rachman’s key interests are US foreign policy and geopolitics in Asia, and he has received the Orwell and European Press Prize awards for his writing.