American Grand Strategy and the International World Order

Hosted by Chatham House and LSE IDEAS

Online public event


Professor Alexander Cooley

Dr Rebecca Lissner

Professor Daniel Nexon


Dr Leslie Vinjamuri

US President Donald Trump will be facing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the November 2020 elections. Trump, who has made reasserting American sovereignty a cornerstone of his foreign policy stands in stark contrast to Biden who has emphasized rebuilding American leadership at the global level.

Has there been a fundamental change to the liberal order and, if so, what might explain this shift? Is the international order facing a global leadership crisis due to a US withdrawal and general turn inward amongst the American people? Would a change in US administration impact the future course of the international order? How can American security best be protected and the authoritarian influence of external actors on the world stage be limited?

Alexander Cooley is Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College. He is also Director at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. Alexander is author of Exit from Hegemony: The Unraveling of the American Global Order.

Daniel Nexon is Professor at the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is author of Exit from Hegemony: The Unraveling of the American Global Order.

Rebecca Lissner is Assistant Professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the US Naval War College. She is author of An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First Century Order.

Leslie Vinjamuri is Director of the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House, and Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS.

This event is co-hosted with Chatham House.

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