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21 Apr 21

In this talk, Robert B. Zoellick discusses his latest book, America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. Recounting the actors and events of U.S. foreign policy, Zoellick identifies five traditions that have emerged from America’s encounters with the world: the importance of North America; the special roles trading, transnational, and technological relations play in defining ties with others; changing attitudes toward alliances and ways of ordering connections among states; the need for public support, especially through Congress; and the belief that American policy should serve a larger purpose. These traditions frame a closing review of post-Cold War presidencies, which Zoellick foresees serving as guideposts for the future. Zoellick is in conversation with Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman, Munich Security Conference; and Trustee, American Academy in Berlin. Welcome remarks by Daniel Benjamin, President of the American Academy in Berlin.

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