President Trump has burned like a wildfire through the goodwill accrued by the United States in its 70 years of being the leader of the free world. Can Western nations preserve the liberal world order against rising authoritarian powers? Or is the liberal order doomed to fail?
Join us in conversation with Dr Kori Schake, author of the latest Lowy Institute Paper published by Penguin Random House Australia, America vs the West. Schake, one of America’s most respected foreign policy practitioners, argues that the success of the liberal order is not preordained. It will have to be fought for, compromised for, and rejuvenated. Whether it can be done without American leadership will depend on the strengths of the major challengers — Russia and China — but above all on whether the West’s middle powers are prepared to band together.
Dr Kori Schake is the Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, the author of Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony and editor with General James Mattis of Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military. She has worked as Director for defence strategy and requirements on the National Security Council staff, as Deputy Director of policy planning in the State Department, and in both the military and civilian staffs in the Pentagon. In 2008 she was senior policy adviser on the McCain–Palin presidential campaign. She teaches in War Studies at King’s College London and has previously taught at Stanford University, the United States Military Academy, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Maryland.
A limited number of copies of America vs the West will be available for purchase.
Light refreshments will be provided from 6:00pm, and there will be an opportunity for book signings after the event.