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The twenty-first century seemed destined to be the American century, but within the first decade, the stock market bubble, costly foreign interventions, and the financial catastrophe of 2008 jolted America into a sudden recognition of its systemic vulnerability. Moreover, the East’s capacity for economic growth and technological innovation prompted new anxiety about the West’s future. According to Zbigniew Brzezinski, without an America that is economically vital, socially appealing, responsibly powerful, and capable of sustaining an intelligent foreign engagement, the geopolitical prospects for the West could become increasingly grave. How ominous are the symptoms of America’s domestic and international decline and what would be the likely geopolitical consequences? What are the implications of the changing distribution of global power from West to East? What should America’s long-term geopolitical goals include in order to shape a more vital and larger West and to fruitfully engage the emerging dynamism of the East?
Zbigniew Brzezinski is counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, professor of American foreign policy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council. From 1977 to 1981, Brzezinski was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter. In 1988, he was cochairman of the Bush National Security Advisory Task Force. He was also a member of the President’s Chemical Warfare Commission in 1985, the National Security Council–Defense Department Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy from 1987 to 1988, and the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1987 to 1989. He was director of the Trilateral Commission from 1973 to 1976. He has been a member of the faculties of Columbia University and Harvard University and is the author of numerous seminal works on American foreign policy. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981. Brzezinski received a B.A. and M.A. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
His new book, Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.
Registration and cash bar reception
Presentation and discussion
Adjournment and book signing
President’s Circle, Corporate, Sponsor, Donor, and Student Members complimentary