Global Agenda Council on the United States 2012-2014
In the second half of the 20th century, the United States and its allies sought to uphold global order, provide strategic leadership and military strength, and underwrite stability through assistance for reconstruction and development.
With mixed results, the US has shouldered the bulk of responsibility for maintaining order and a stable balance of power in the world.
Meanwhile, the beginning of the 21st century has been dynamic and, in many ways, challenging, for the United States. The US remains the world’s foremost military power, yet a shift appears to be taking place in geopolitical terms, especially as the nation confronts the threat of terrorism. The situation is further compounded by a shift in the economic centre of gravity from developed to developing nations..
At the same time, the US has experienced its deepest recession in 70 years and, although measures were in place to force the hand of legislators, the medium-term outlook remains uncertain
What the Council is doing about it
During the past year, the Agenda Council has discussed the role of America in the world and how it should position itself in the future. The Council’s basic premise characterizes the US as being in a situation of flux. Prevailing public opinion and budget constraints inside the country create the perception by some of a nation that is retreating from the international stage. This perception is all the more intriguing as it occurs during a time many world leaders would welcome, an enlightened US foreign policy that is engaged and active on a variety of fronts.
“Through a series of curated conversations across the globe, the goal of the Council is to ask a specific question: How can US power and influence best be deployed to create a win-win outcome that serves the interests of the United States while addressing the needs and wishes of the region in question?”
The Council is conducting a series of roundtable discussionsto ask a specific question: How can US power and influence best be deployed to create a win-win outcome that serves the interests of the United States while addressing the needs and wishes of the region in question?
The outcome will include clear and actionable insights and recommendations regarding the type of leadership and policies required in today’s complex geopolitical environment.
To get involved please contact
Research Analyst: Stefan Hall, Global Agenda Councils, firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Manager and Forum Lead: Paul Smyke, Special Adviser to the Chairman and Senior Director, North America, email@example.com