The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership

Date(s) - 10/25/18
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs


The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; James Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Council on Foreign Relations. Moderated by Steve Edwards.


Has America relinquished its global leadership role? From the ruins of World War II the United States led the creation of an international order based on strong alliances, free and open markets, and a commitment to democracy and human rights. But today this order, and the historic peace and prosperity it has underpinned for seven decades, is unravelling—a process that has dramatically accelerated since the election of President Trump and his America First agenda. What does this new foreign policy outlook mean for America’s influence and security? How might the rest of the world respond as the US abandons the institutions and agreements it once established?

Copies of Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay’s new book The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.


Ivo Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97. Ambassador Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books (including two with James Lindsay), and he is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the world’s leading newspapers, and a regular commentator on international affairs on television and radio. He was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Steve Edwards

Vice President and Chief Content Officer, WBEZ

Steve Edwards is vice president and chief content officer of WBEZ Chicago Public Media. He returned to public media in August 2017 after spending five years at the University of Chicago’s non-partisan Institute of Politics where he served as its executive director and oversaw the development of “The Axe Files” podcast with CNN. Previously Edwards led WBEZ’s digital and multiplatform efforts as content development director and served as the host of the station’s acclaimed news and culture programs “Eight Forty-Eight” and “The Afternoon Shift.” Edwards’ reporting and documentaries have won numerous journalism awards, and his work has aired on BBC, Bloomberg News, NPR, PBS and on numerous public radio stations across the United States.