Join us on February 27 for a discussion with author, podcaster, and global development and American soft power expert Daniel Runde on his new book, The American Imperative.
In an era of transformative global competition, Runde's insights are a beacon of strategic wisdom. Discover how the United States can reignite its influence in the developing world, from Africa to Southeast Asia. Explore the power of soft diplomacy, economic growth, and fostering positive agendas to secure our nation's prosperity and security. Be part of a dynamic discussion that aims to shape a 20-year strategy for effective non-military engagement, resonating across party lines and tackling the challenges of today's world.
The conversation will be moderated by Ian Curtiss, Associate Faculty at W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. There will be time for Q&A and the author will be signing books afterwards, so get reading and come prepared with questions!
Why is this important for Arizona?
The American Imperative: Reclaiming Global Leadership through Soft Power is relevant for Arizonans, given the state's economic ties with Latin America and Asia. The book's call for renewed American engagement in the developing world aligns with Arizona's trade, security, and diplomacy interests. As great-power competition extends to new arenas, Arizona's potential to participate in trade and diplomatic initiatives gains prominence. The book's focus on soft power resonates with Arizona's spirit of innovation and multiculturalism. The book offers Arizonan insights into contributing to a prosperous global order that aligns with their values by prompting a conversation about non-military global influence.
Senior Vice President, Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development, and William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at Center for Strategic and International Studies
Daniel F. Runde has spent the last 20 years working on global development and American soft power. He is Senior Vice President, Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development, and William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to CSIS, he held leadership positions at USAID and the World Bank Group and worked in both commercial and investment banking. Runde serves on several boards, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee, and previously chaired two U.S. federal advisory committees that touch on soft power. Furthermore, he is a contributor to thehill.com and hosts a CSIS podcast series called Building the Future: Freedom, Prosperity & Foreign Policy with Dan Runde.
Associate Faculty at W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University
Prior to joining W. P. Carey, Ian’s career focused on global public affairs and market analysis/intelligence for companies operating in China and Mexico. Most recently, Ian led the policy and U.S. government affairs teams at the American Chamber of Commerce in China. In this role, he consulted American businesses on the latest investment, trade, and cybersecurity policy developments and developed strategies to engage both U.S. and Chinese governments. Prior to that, Ian worked at a number of organizations in U.S. - Mexico and Arizona on border security, immigration and supply chain efficiencies.
Ian completed his Bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science at ASU, earned a Master’s of International Relations from Peking University and has an MBA from ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. Ian speaks both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish fluently.