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Is America in Decline?

LSE public lecture

The rise of China and the global economic crisis have led many observers to speculate about whether the decline of American power, often predicted in the past, has now finally begun. The picture is more complex; a survey of world conditions suggests that while the American role is changing, the U.S. will continue to be a unique force in the international arena.

Walter Russell Mead is Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. A contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times and a senior contributing editor of Worth magazine, he has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Foreign Affairs. He is the award-winning author of Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World. Author of God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World, and Mortal Splendor: The American Empire in Transition. He is an honours graduate of Groton and Yale and serves as the Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale.


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Date and Time:

29 June 2009 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Old Theatre, London School of Economics & Political Science
Houghton St

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