As strategic competition intensifies between the U.S. and authoritarian adversaries, many wonder whether our system of shared and separated powers and our polarized body politic are up to the challenge. Is the sky really falling? Must we mimic our adversaries to compete with them, or can what looks like dysfunction belie enduring strategic advantages? Walter Russell Mead will explore the centuries-long history of competition and conflict between liberal maritime powers and illiberal land powers to see how it might help illuminate the present moment and point toward productive ways ahead.
Walter Russell Mead
Global View Columnist at The Wall Street Journal
Walter Russell Mead is the Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow in Strategy and Statesmanship at Hudson Institute, the Global View Columnist at The Wall Street Journal and the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College in New York. Before joining Hudson, Mead was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations as the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy. He is a member of Aspen Institute Italy and has authored numerous books, including the widely recognized Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World. Mead’s most recent book is entitled The Arc of A Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People.