The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership

Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; James Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Council on Foreign Relations. Moderated by Steve Edwards.

The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership

Council President Ivo Daalder and James M. Lindsay, senior vice president and director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will take the stage tonight to discuss their new book The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership—an inside look at President Trump’s foreign policy and its implication for global order. 

Has America relinquished its global leadership role? From the ruins of World War II the United States led the creation of an international order based on strong alliances, free and open markets, and a commitment to democracy and human rights. But today this order, and the historic peace and prosperity it has underpinned for seven decades, is unravelling—a process that has dramatically accelerated since the election of President Trump and his America First agenda. What does this new foreign policy outlook mean for America’s influence and security? How might the rest of the world respond as the US abandons the institutions and agreements it once established?

Copies of Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay’s new book The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.

Speaker Bio


5:15 p.m.

5:30 p.m.
Discussion and Q&A

6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception and Book Signing

7:00 p.m.