For those interested in an interesting discussion about America’s bleak course, China’s rise, and global uncertainties — with some modest moments of optimism here and there — please enjoy this video segment from the Summer Davos meeting yesterday in Tianjin, China.
I moderated a session with Chinese Institute on Contemporary International Relations President Cui Liru, New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman, Japan Liberal Democratic Party Acting Secretary General Taro Kono, Yonsei University political science professor Moon Chung-in, East West Center Director Charles E. Morrison, and US State Department APEC official Kurt Tong.
I will write more about these World Economic Forum meetings — which were tremendous on many levels, but disturbing when the general take on US prospects are measured — when I get the first chance.
Now on my way to London to discuss US foreign policy with Princeton’s G. John Ikenberry, the LSE’s Michael Cox, and others at the Royal United Services Institute. The Afghanistan Study Group report and Obama’s foreign policy will be the guts of my talk.
— Steve Clemons