Image - Rebecca Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper

Past Event

Rebecca Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper: Re-Imagining U.S. Foreign Policy

Foreign policy experts Rebecca Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper paint a provocative picture of the United States’ future. As the country prepares for a presidential election of historic significance and charts its course in a post-pandemic world, they say the United States must reject the temptation to embrace nationalistic calls for closure, global disengagement or self-sufficiency, and instead redouble its commitment to international leadership, economic interdependence and alliances in an “open world.”

They say that despite considerable foreign threats, the greatest dangers to the United States come from within: decades of underinvestment in the American people, economy and democracy; misalignment of the tech sector with the nation’s vital interests; and acute partisan polarization. Come for an engaging discussion on how the future of American power in a post-COVID world must build on the foundation of 21st century competitiveness.


Copies of Lissner and Rapp-Hooper's book An Open World are available for purchase during online registration for U.S. domestic orders only; they will be shipped to the address provided in checkout

This is an online-only program; pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream program

This event is free; we welcome donations made during the registration process to support the production of our online programming

This program was rescheduled from September 17

October 6, 2020

United States

Image - Rebecca Lissner
Rebecca Lissner
Ph.D., Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval War College; Co-Author, An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty‑First‑Century Order
Image - Mira Rapp-Hooper
Mira Rapp-Hooper
Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Yale Law School; Co-Author, An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty‑First‑Century Order
Image - Gloria Duffy
In Conversation with Dr. Gloria Duffy
President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club

noon–1 p.m. (Pacific Time) program