Lecture and Discussion
with James Lindsay, Senior Vice President Council on Foreign Relations, Washington D.C.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
6:15 p.m. – 07:45 p.m.
Festsaal, Main Building, University of Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, 53113 Bonn
On Thursday, April 4th 2019, James Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies and holder of the Maurice R. Greenberg Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations, will give a lecture based on his and Ivo Daalder’s latest book “The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership”.
Lindsay argues that American diplomacy is in shambles, but that beneath the daily chaos lies an even more dangerous erosion of the postwar order. The disintegration of U.S. foreign policy has upended all that America’s postwar leadership helped create: strong security alliances, free and open markets, a multilateral system that seeks to strengthen democratic norms and human rights. Lindsay makes the argument that the “impulsive, theatrical, ill-informed, backward-looking, bullying, and reckless qualities” that the current American president Donald Trump brings to the table are leading into an American unmaking of the very world it created – with serious repercussions that will extend far into the future.
Lindsay’s lecture will seek to address the following questions: Which consequences arise out of the profoundly changing international role of the U.S.? What different options of global leadership still exist for the U.S.? Will the U.S. seek to reestablish its role as a global leader and if so, how may this be pursued?
The event is being held in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.