The Aspen Strategy Group came together for its annual Summer Workshop from August 4-7th to examine current challenges to the liberal world order. This year’s workshop began with the annual Ernest R. May Memorial Lecture by Professor Philip Zelikow entitled, “The Idealism of What Works,” in which he reflected on how to build a more open and civilized world. The group discussed a variety of challenges including trade, technology, China’s rise, and Russia. The ASG also hosted a public event on “Americas Path Forward as a Global Leader“; featuring former National Security Advisors Susan Rice, Tom Donilon, Steve Hadley and Condoleezza Rice in conversation with ASG Director Nicholas Burns. The panelists candidly discussed maintaining the balance of power and the survival of the world order. Shortly after the Summer Workshop, Richard Danzig published a piece in Lawfare on how technology will disrupt the current world order, which he presented in Aspen.
In December 2017, the Aspen Strategy Group released the papers commissioned for the meeting in a policy book entitled “The World Turned Upside Down: Maintaining American Leadership in a Dangerous Age.”