LIVE STREAM: Secretary Robert Gates on the Exercise of American Power

Robert M. Gates, 22nd United States Secretary of Defense. Moderated by Ivo H. Daalder.

LIVE STREAM: Secretary Robert Gates on the Exercise of American Power

Over the past three decades, the global perception of the United States has morphed from dominant global power to uncertain leader. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates believes that this perilous shift reflects a failure of the nation’s decision-makers to grasp the intricacies of American power. From the bipolar confrontation of the Cold War to the multifaceted security challenges of the 21st century, Gates helped to transform America’s intelligence and military operations to meet ever-evolving risks. He joins Council President Ivo Daalder for a conversation on the scale, complexity, and purpose of America’s power—as well as its limits.

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Copies of Robert Gates's latest book, Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World, are available to purchase upon registering for the program.

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12:00 p.m. CDT
Discussion Begins

12:20 p.m. CDT
Audience Q&A

12:45 p.m. CDT

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