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May 2 at 2:30 pm PDT | In a World of Disorder: The Return of Great Power Rivalries in Global Affairs

May 2 at 2:30 pm PDT | In a World of Disorder: The Return of Great Power Rivalries in Global Affairs

Global leaders face an increasingly uncertain geopolitical environment. As the unipolar, post-Cold War paradigm becomes a historical reference point, a new, multipolar moment has emerged. Despite economic interdependence and long-established platforms for coordination and cooperation, the world's largest nations and regional organizations, including China, the European Union, Russia, and the United States, appear to be entering a new era of great-power rivalries. Economic and technological changes seem set to unleash fragmentation and extreme competition in international economics, security, and culture. Yet incentives for coordination remain strong, particularly in the areas of transnational crime, climate change, and nuclear deterrence. This panel will focus on the cooperation and competition among world powers, international security, and the current state of evolution in global affairs.

Moderator

Gerard Baker
Editor-at-Large, The Wall Street Journal

Speakers

Michèle Flournoy
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors

Jane Harman
President Emerita, Wilson Center; former US Congresswoman; Author, "Insanity Defense"

Michael McCaul
US Representative, Texas; Republican Leader, Committee on Foreign Affairs, US House of Representatives

Matt Pottinger
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution

Adam Smith
US Representative, Washington; Chairman, Committee on Armed Services, US House of Representatives