A Superpower Laid Low: America and the World After January 6

A Superpower Laid Low: America and the World After January 6

Virtual
Speaking Engagement

The breaching of the US Capitol—a symbol of one of the world’s oldest democracies—by a pro-Trump mob on January 6 marked the culminating point of years of seditious rhetoric, incitement to violence, disinformation and institutional destabilization by the outgoing US president. Next to the far-reaching implications at home, these events are bound to have a serious impact on US foreign policy. This panel—part of the Lloyd Cutler Discussion Series at the American Academy in Berlin (AAB) and co-organized with the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College—seeks to address these implications as well as likely international security ramifications more broadly.

Panelists: 

  • Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors and former US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy under President Barack Obama
  • Ivan Krastev, Chair, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Permanent Fellow, IWM Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna
  • William C. Wohlforth, Daniel Webster Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

The discussion will be moderated by AAB President Daniel Benjamin, the former coordinator for counterterrorism at the US Department of State under President Barack Obama, and will include introductory remarks from Christianne Hardy, the interim director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College.

About the Series: WilmerHale founding Partner Lloyd Cutler helped establish the American Academy in Berlin in 1994 as a research and cultural institution that would foster greater understanding and dialogue between the United States and Germany. The organization periodically hosts lectures and programs with experts from around the world in honor of Mr. Cutler’s legacy.

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