The Next World – How Should the United States Respond to Rising Powers?

The rise of other global powers is a profound new reality of today’s world.

As headlines remind us nearly everyday, China, India, Russia, as well as the European Union, Japan, and others are rapidly gaining strength and influence. How should the U.S. navigate this new world landscape? Does the rise of these powers represent an ideological challenge or an economic boom? Will global warming convince us we are all in the same boat? The Next World conference will explore these questions and others, focusing on key foreign policy priorities for the next administration.


Steve Coll, President and CEO of the New America Foundation and John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress will open the conference with an intimate conversation, and later will join the discussion with the best and brightest minds of a new generation of foreign policy thinkers who will help shape America’s evolving role in the world, including:

Nina Hachigian, Center for American ProgTress
Brian Katulis, Center for American Progress
Parag Khanna, New America Foundation
Suzanne Nossel, Human Rights Watch
Peter Scoblic, The New Republic
David Shorr, The Stanley Foundation
Kal Raustiala, Stonebridge International
Steven Weber, University of California, Berkeley
Leif Wellington Haase, New America Foundation
Matthew Yglesias, Center for American Progress


Three panel discussions will explore whether or not the U.S. is in decline, and if it matters, and how the rise of other powers impact American influence, prosperity, and security. They will also debate whether there is a global battle over ideology and strategic priorities for the U.S. in this new world.

Over lunch, Terry Tamminen , Cullman Senior Fellow for Climate Change and Director of the Climate Policy Program at the New America Foundation, will address how the United States can develop a coherent climate change strategy, with an emphasis on how meaningful formal and informal agreements to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases can be negotiated with rising powers.