July 21, 2016

Five Videos on America's Role in the World

For the rest of the world, one of the big questions in this presidential election year is how America's global role will change with its new administration. We've rounded up five videos featuring experts who examine this question from different perspectives.  

1. Election 2016: US Leadership in Question

June 24, 2016

Faced with a fraught and complex geopolitical environment, the next president must decide whether America should assertively defend its liberal, democratic values, or scale back its foreign commitments. The coauthors of a recent World Economic Forum whitepaper examine America's role in the world, with a look ahead to the general election.


2. Alter Egos: Obama, Clinton, and American Power 

June 13, 2016

Mark Landler, a White House correspondent for The New York Times, looks at the conflicting visions between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on the role and purpose of US power, and what legacy Obama is leaving for a possible Clinton presidency.


3. American Retrenchment: Implications for India and Asia 

May 12, 2016

Dr. C. Raja Mohan, the founding director of Carnegie India and the Council's 2016 Marshall M. Bouton Asia Fellow, discusses how much blood and treasure the US should spend to maintain order in the international system, especially at a time when some presidential candidates are questioning, or outright rejecting, many long-held US foreign policy conventions.  


4. David Axelrod on the 2016 Elections 

February 16, 2016

If you've been following the election coverage this year, chances are you've seen David Axelrod, political strategist and CNN commentator, at some point on a mainstream media outlet offering his analysis. Last February, he sat down with Natasha Korecki, a senior reporter for POLITICO, to talk about the issues shaping one of the most unconventional campaign seasons in decades.  


5. Admiral Cecil D. Haney on Strategic Deterrence in the 21st Century 

February 23, 2016

How will the next President of the United States implement modern strategic deterrence? Admiral Cecil D. Haney, commander of US Strategic Command, discusses the latest developments in national security to prepare for 21st century threats. 

 

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Each year approximately 30 students from leading research universities around the world participate in the global student delegation program at the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities. Promising students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving global cities and are enrolled in a master’s or PhD program are nominated by their host universities to attend. The 2019 delegation included 30 students from 20 countries, including China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Their biographies are available here.

The following series of contributions are their reflections and insights inspired by and drawn from their experience attending the 2019 Pritzker Forum.


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