Transatlantic Forum - Global Perceptions of the United States

Global Leadership Forum: America and the World Beyond 2008

On November 4, 2008 the United States will elect a new president. On January 20, 2009 the new president will inherit a daunting array of international dangers, challenges and opportunities. How will he or she respond?

In the spirit of great debate befitting a presidential election the Global Leadership Forum will address the most pressing global issues facing the US; ranging from relations with transatlantic allies and the Middle East, to climate change and the crisis in the global economy.

An impressive array of confirmed speakers are confirmed, amongst them: Ivo Daalder, Christopher Coker, Charles Kupchan, Jamie Shea and Anne-Marie Slaughter. For the full list and registration information, please click here.

Rhetoric and Reality: Anti-Americanism and Global Perceptions of the United States

Six years ago the world declared its solidarity with the United States in the wake of the most devastating attack against America since the surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Much of the world was united in disgust and grief at the events of that tragic day. To many, after Iraq, the War on Terror and the Bush Administration - that goodwill has been squandered.The United States is unpopular around the world.

However, with new European governments seeking to foster better relations with Washington, and with the prospect of change in the US political landscape, how significant is anti-Americanism? We hope that you can join us for a series of events addressing this critical issue.

In keeping with tradition the Transatlantic Forum events will have very limited seating so as to encourage discussion and debate. Register early to secure a place.

Autumn 2007 Programme


Does the World Really Hate America? Global Perception of the US and its Effect on Foreign Affairs
Panel discussion with:
Dame Pauline Neville Jones
Shadow Security Minister
Michael Macy
Cultural Attaché, US Embassy London
Rob Singh
Professor, Birkbeck College, University of London
11 September 2007

RUSImotif The US-UK Special Relationship: An Enduring Legacy?
Robert Holmes Tuttle
US Ambassador to the Court of St James's
8 October 2007
RUSImotif Meeting Policy Challenges of Bioviolence
Barry Kellman
Professor of International Law, DePaul University College of Law
Director of the International Weapons Control Centre
24 October 2007, 1530 - 1700


The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy
John Mearsheimer
University of Chicago
Stephen Walt
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
9 November 2007, 0900


Anti-Americanisms in World Politics
Peter Katzenstein
Cornell University
3 December 2007, 1230

Past Forums - Spring 2007

This series focused on America's role in the world, especially given the state of flux the US political scene will be experiencing during the presidential elections. RUSI, in cooperation with the US Embassy in London, worked to bring prominent Americans from both sides of the political aisle to discuss US foreign policy in an open and frank manner.

Christopher Coker Ethics of the War on Terror: A divided Alliance
Professor Christopher Coker
Professor of International Relations, The London School of Economics
3 April 2007, 15:30 – 17:00
Kori Schake Five Big Choices for the Next President
Dr Kori Schake
Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution
12 April 2007, 15:30 – 17:00
John Ikenberry The Crisis of the Liberal International Order
Professor G John Ikenberry
Professor of International Relations, Princeton University
14 May 2007. 15:30 – 17:00
Richard Lebow Red Lights and Ruling the World: Changing Narratives of Self-Interest in the US and their implications for foreign policy
Professor Richard Ned Lebow
Professor of Government, Dartmouth University
7 June 2007, 14:00 – 15:30
Charles Kupchan Polarized America, Weak Europe, and the Transatlantic Challenge
Professor Charles Kupchan
Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University
18 June 2007, 15:00 - 16:30
Robert Kagan To be confirmed
Robert Kagan
Senior Associate, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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