On December 11, 2017, the Aspen Strategy Group (ASG) held its annual book launch in Washington, DC to celebrate the release of their policy publication, “The World Turned Upside Down: Maintaining American leadership in a Dangerous Age”. The book highlights insights from the 2017 summer workshop, and is a compilation of policy papers by ASG members and national security experts.
The event featured a collection of eminent speakers and book contributors. Senator Dan Sullivan (R – AK) began the event with the view from Capitol Hill on the state of American foreign policy. He highlighted promising bipartisan developments that he has witnessed as a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and addressed some areas of US foreign policy that need to be improved, particularly regarding our relationships with traditional allies in Europe.
Steve Biegun, Vice President at the Ford Motor Company and contributing author, spoke about the current state of US trade relations, the failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and what can be done to build public trust and enthusiasm for free trade agreements. Richard Danzig, Senior Advisor at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, presented lessons learned from his paper on how rapid and dramatic technological developments will impact liberal conceptions of democracy and individual freedom.
These presentations were followed by two panels featuring senior members of the American foreign policy and national security community. The first featured Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State, and Bill Cohen, former US Secretary of Defense, in a conversation moderated by Nicholas Burns about American leadership in the international system. The Washington Post’s David Ignatius moderated the program’s final panel between former national security advisors Susan Rice and Stephen Hadley, who addressed some of the most pressing current national security issues facing the US and reflected on priorities for President Trump’s national security staff, as they see them. Stephen Hadley and Madeleine Albright also contributed papers to the book, in which they explain their ideas on these issues in greater detail.
To view videos of the event, please visit CSPAN’s website.
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