The United States in the World: New Strategies of Engagement
10 Nov - 15 Nov, 2008
- Professor of Law, European University Institute; former Prime-Minister of Italy, Rome
- Chair of the Executive Committee, Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, "MIFTAH," and member of the PLC.
- World Trade Editor, Financial Times, London
- Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Member, House of Lords, Parliament of the United Kingdom, London
- Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris, former Senior Vice President Strategic Development at MATRA-Defense-Espace, Paris
- Bureau Chief, Financial Times Washington Bureau, Washington, DC
- Head of North America Division, German Foreign Ministry, Berlin
- Journalist and Author, Former Washington Bureau Chief, Kyodo News
- Vice President, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
- Chief Foreign Affairs Editor, Financial Times, London
Suleyman Özdem Sanberk
- Director of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, former Ambassador to the UK and the EU, Istanbul
- Chairman, Afras Ventures, Dubai; Former United Nations Under-Secretary General; New York
- President, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing
Whatever the outcome of the US presidential elections in November 2008, the change in administration will bring about a reorientation of US foreign policy. George W. Bush's successor will inherit a number of acute international crises and a country whose military power and economic dominance have been weakened in an increasingly multi-polar world. This world, which does not fit into the post Cold War framework, requires a serious rethinking of many of the premises of American foreign policy.
The session brings together high-level decision-makers and analysts to examine the foundations that underlie American foreign policy; to look at possible agendas for the first 100 days; to assess the long-term challenges, opportunities and risks the US is likely to face in its foreign policy; and to critically examine the implications for the rest of the world.
Consideration will be given to the following questions: · Who will be the key actors in the new administration, and what do we know about their inclinations and commitments in shaping US foreign policy? · How will the US adjust to the growing importance of China, Russia, India, Brazil and the EU as major global players? · What will the transatlantic relationship look like in the coming decade? · What are the new guiding principles for US foreign policy towards the Middle East in general and to Iran in particular? · What strategies will the new administration in Washington adopt to advance democratic values, freedom, civil society and the rule of law internationally? · Will a new modus operandi emerge in relation to the transnational challenges of climate change, pandemics, and terrorism? · What are the prospects for more effective cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral institutions-particularly between states in different regions of the world and at different stages of economic development?
Participants will grapple with these and other issues, with a view to drawing up a series of foreign policy recommendations to be shared with the new foreign policy team in Washington and with their foreign counterparts.