Trump and the Future of American Power

Is the United States in retreat? Should Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy be viewed as an aberration or as the “new normal” in American foreign policy? In this lecture, Professor Trubowitz will argue that Trump’s foreign policy is symptomatic of a mounting popular backlash in the United States against long-standing liberal internationalist policies and practices. He will discuss the roots of this backlash and consider its implications for the future of American power and the liberal international order.

Speaker: Peter Trubowitz, Department Head of International Relations and Director of the US Centre LSE; Associate Fellow, Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs
Chair: Spyros Economides, Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics, LSE; Director of the Hellenic Observatory
Discussant: Dimitris Keridis, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University, Greece; Senior Advisor, The Konstantinos G. Karamanlis Foundation; Director, Navarino Network & Olympia Summer Academy; Deputy Director, Institute of International Relations
Date: Monday 26 March 2018
Time: 19:00
Venue:  Hermes Hall (6th Floor), Αthens Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Akadimias 7, 10671 Athens, Greece



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Professor Peter Trubowitz is Department Head of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs. 

His main teaching and research interests are in the fields of international security and comparative foreign policy, with special focus on American grand strategy and foreign policy. He also writes and comments frequently on U.S. party politics and elections and how they shape and are shaped by America’s changing place in the world.

His publications include Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft (Princeton University Press, 2011) and Defining the National Interest: Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy (University of Chicago Press, 1998), as well as articles in scholarly journals such as International Security, International Studies Quarterly, and Political Science Quarterly and more popular venues like Foreign Affairs, International Herald Tribune, and The National Interest.




Keridis Dimitris

Dimitris Keridis is a Professor of International Politics at Panteion University of Athens. He is a senior fellow at the Konstantinos G. Karamanlis Foundation and the deputy director of the Institute of International Relations in Athens. Since 2002 he has been directing the annual Olympia Summer Academy in Politics and International Studies in Greece ( and since 2009 the Navarino Network, a public policy think-tank based in Thessaloniki ( He is also a regular TV political commentator.

He has served as a senior consultant at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the Constantine Karamanlis Associate Professor in Hellenic and European Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, as the director of the Kokkalis Foundation in Athens and of the Kokkalis Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and as a researcher at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, USA.

His latest book in English is entitled: The Historical Dictionary of Modern Greece, London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., to be reprinted and updated in 2018. His recent books in Greek include a monograph on “Nationalism, Ethnic Conflicts and International Relations: Theory and Practice in the Balkans” and “Constantine G. Karamanlis and the Foreign Press” as well as the editing of the collective volume entitled “Thessaloniki: A city in transition, 1912-2012”.  


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Dr Spyros Economides is Director of the Hellenic Observatory, and Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics at the LSE. He received the Robert Mackenzie Prize for his doctoral thesis on The International Implications of the Greek Civil War. His subsequent work has concentrated on the international affairs of South-eastern Europe and EU external relations in the field of foreign and security policy on which he has published widely. His expertise focuses on: Balkans; EU foreign policy; European security; Greece; US foreign policy; foreign affairs; former Yugoslavia; Southeast Europe

He is currently writing on the EU's Balkan experience since 1991. He has also been Research Associate of the Centre for Defence Studies at King's College and at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, in London.

More recently he was Visiting Professor at both the Universities of Belgrade and Zagreb, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the EU Centre in Singapore. Economides acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords EU Committee in its report, 'Responding to the Balkan Challenge: The Role of EU Aid' and is a regular commentator in the international media on issues relating to  EU External Relations, South Eastern Europe and Greece.

He holds a B.Scs. in International Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK and completed his MSc and PhD at the LSE. Dr Economides has been on the staff of the LSE since 1991.

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