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After the American election: the power to lead in a multi-polar world?

  • Date(s)
    6 November 2008
  • Time
    6.00 - 7.30pm
  • Location
    London


Peter Mandelson, secretary of state for business, enterprise and regulatory reform and Joseph Nye, distinguished professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government have taken part in a public debate on "After the American election: the power to lead in a multi-polar world?" in London on 6 November, 2008.

The speakers addressed the challenges facing the West in the emerging new multi-polar order, two days after this year's historic US election. Phenomenal economic growth in Asia and other parts of the "developing" world seems to be leading to the formation of a new constellation of global power. As the United States struggles with the current financial crisis, the attractiveness of its model appears diminished. The debate focused on the shape that the emerging world order is likely to take and the strategies that the west should adopt in response.

The event is part of the Foresight project, an international programme of investigation and debate, organised by Policy Network in partnership with the Alfred Herrhausen Society, the International Forum of Deutsche Bank, structured around the challenge of forging common futures in a multi-polar world.

The London event was planned in addition to Foresights regular regional symposia, and aims to discuss the issues underlying the Foresight project with a wider audience.

The debate took place from 6.00 to 7.30pm on 6 November at the Savoy Place, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2ROB2.

Foresight will hold a high-level symposium in the USA in the first half of 2009. Further details forthcoming.

If you have any questions about this debate, or the Foresight project, please contact Policy Network researcher Priya Shankar at pshankar@policy-network.net.

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