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Power on the Precipice: The Six Choices America Faces in a Turbulent World

A conversation with the Author Dr. Andrew Imbrie and Frans Baron van Daele

19 October 2020 - 15:00 -16:30 CET

In this webinar, Dr. Andrew Imbrie, senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology, will present his new book, Power on the Precipice: The Six Choices America Faces in a Turbulent World (Yale University Press, 2020)  – an essential guide to renewing American leadership in a turbulent, polarized, and post-dominant world.

With absorbing insight and fresh perspective, foreign policy expert Andrew Imbrie provides a road map for bolstering American leadership in an era of turbulence abroad and deepening polarization at home. This is a book about choices: the tough policy trade-offs that political leaders need to make to reinvigorate American money, might, and clout. In the conventional telling, the United States is either destined for continued dominance or doomed to irreversible decline. Imbrie argues instead that the United States must adapt to changing global dynamics and compete more wisely.
Drawing on the author’s own experience as a foreign policy adviser and speechwriter to Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as on interviews and comparative studies of the rise and fall of nations, this book offers a sharp look at American statecraft and the United States’ place in the world today.
Is America fated to decline as a great power? Can it recover? As a fraught Presidential election process is set to define the course of American foreign policy for years to come, Andrew Imbrie will discuss these questions with Frans van Daele, former Belgian Ambassador to the United States and Representative to NATO.


;Andrew Imbrie, Senior Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology Georgetown University. Speechwriter and advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry (2013-2017). 

Frans Baron van Daele, Former Belgian Ambassador to the United States and Representative to NATO, former Permanent Representative to the European Union, and Belgian Minister of State.

Participation is free and the webinar can be joined from anywhere in the world.

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“Andrew’s young age belies his impressive past and equally incandescent future. From his life ‘growing up global’ as a Foreign Service brat to his years as a practitioner on the front lines of foreign policy on Capitol Hill and on the seventh floor of the State Department, Andrew’s insights come from lessons learned both studying the world, and working to shape it. Power on the Precipice is a worthy contribution to the public debate on America’s role in the world and a tonic for our times. It’s required reading for anyone seeking to learn what the past has to teach us or what the future ;

— John Kerry, Former Secretary of State


Dr. Andrew Imbrie is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University, where he focuses on issues at the intersection of artificial intelligence and international security. He also serves as an advisor to the congressionally established National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Prior to Georgetown, he was a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a senior advisor to Visiting Distinguished Statesman John F. ;From 2013 to 2017, he served as a member of the policy planning staff and speechwriter to Secretary Kerry at the Department of State. He has also worked as a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He holds a in international relations from Georgetown ;Andrew has designed and taught foreign policy speechwriting and rhetoric courses for graduate and undergraduate students as an adjunct professor at Georgetown and American Universities. He has lectured widely on foreign policy, artificial intelligence, American rhetoric, and political speechwriting to audiences in the United States and ;

Power on the Precipice: The Six Choices America Faces in a Turbulent World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020) is his first book. His second book on artificial intelligence and geopolitics, co-authored with Georgetown’s Ben Buchanan, is forthcoming from MIT ;

Frans Baron van Daele was a high-level diplomat for 45 years. From 2009 until 2013, he was Chief of Staff of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and from 2013 until 2017 of King Philippe of Belgium. Previously, he has been spokesperson at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomat in Rome, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador to the European Union and the United States, and Permanent Representative to NATO. He was appointed Belgian Minister of State by King Philippe in 2017.



Moderator: Alex Andrione-Moylan (KU Leuven) 

Participation is free and the webinar can be joined from anywhere in the world.



19 Oct 2020 @ 03:00 pm

19 Oct 2020 @ 04:30 pm

Duration: 1 hours, 30 minutes


Organised by

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven

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