The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea
- Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
- Bill Emmott, Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
- Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy, The Brookings Institution
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) invites you to participate in a conversation with Bill Emmott and Robert Kagan to discuss resurgent nationalism and the decline of liberal democracies in the West, challenges Emmott addresses in his latest book, The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea (2017). As a part of GMF’s Future of American Power series, the discussion will focus on what can be done to strengthen the West and the principles of liberal democracy, while examining the impact of current trends on U.S. foreign policy and America’s role in the world.
GMF’s Future of American Power series discusses new books focusing on U.S. power in the world. In line with its mission to strengthen transatlantic relations, these conversations specifically focus on the implications of U.S. foreign policy for its European partners, as well as other key regions for the transatlantic relationship.
To RSVP or if you have any questions, please contact Michael Matlaga at [email protected].
Bill Emmott is currently an independent writer, lecturer, and consultant on international affairs. His previous books include Rivals (2008) on the regional rivalry between China, India, and Japan, and his bestseller on Japan, The Sun Also Sets (1989); he was co-author and presenter of a documentary about Italy, "Girlfriend in a Coma" (2013), and executive producer of the EU documentary, "The Great European Disaster Movie" (2015). Emmott writes regular columns on international affairs for La Stampa in Italy, Nikkei Business in Japan, and Project Syndicate and has also written frequently for The Times, Prospect, and the Financial Times in Britain. He was previously editor of The Economist from 1993 to 2006. Emmott was chairman of the trustees of the London Library from 2009-15; was group economic adviser for Stonehage Fleming, a fund manager, in 2011-15; was a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in 2009-15. He rejoined the IISS board in November 2016, and became a member of the advisory board of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford in the same year. He is a member of Swiss Re’s Panel of Advisors; a member of the President's Council of the University of Tokyo; a Visiting Professor at Shujitsu University in Okayama, Japan; a Visiting Fellow in Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford; a member of the All Nippon Airways UK advisory panel; and a member of the senior advisory panel of Critical Resource, a consultancy.
Robert Kagan is a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is a contributing columnist at The Washington Post. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, The World America Made (2012). His previous books include: The Return of History and the End of Dreams, Dangerous Nation: America’s Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century, Of Paradise and Power, and A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990. For his writings, Politico Magazine named Kagan one of the “Politico 50” in 2016, the “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.” His most recent pieces include “The Twilight of the Liberal World Order” for the Brookings Big Ideas for America series and “Backing into World War III” in Foreign Policy. He served in the State Department from 1984 to 1988 as a member of the policy planning staff, as principal speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and as deputy for policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds a doctorate in American history from American University.