Date(s) - 10/09/18
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Robert Kagan, Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Inst.
After World War II, the United States embarked on a quest to execute a succession of policies to generate a more peaceful, prosperous, and democratic world – carving a pruned garden out of an overgrown international jungle. But Robert Kagan argues that this environment created by America could be artificial and ephemeral if we allow it. With the rise of political partisanship both at home and abroad, and the exhausting role of keeping global instability in check, some Americans are increasingly leaning toward a withdrawal from American global leadership. What will the world look like if the US withdraws from its leadership role? Will an American retreat cause the international jungle to grow back?
Robert Kagan’s new book The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World will be available for sale and signing from the Book Cellar following the program.
Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Inst.
Robert Kagan is the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of numerous books including the bestseller The World America Made. Kagan also is a contributing columnist for The Washington Post and was named one of the “Politico 50” in 2016. Previously, he served in the State Department on the policy planning staff as the principal speechwriter for Secretary of State George Shultz and as deputy for Policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. Kagan holds a BA from Yale University, an MPP from Harvard University, and a PhD from American University.