Center for American Progress

Power and Superpower: Global Leadership and Exceptionalism in the 21st Century
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Power and Superpower: Global Leadership and Exceptionalism in the 21st Century

New Book From The Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation

Featured Speakers:
Ambassador James Dobbins, Director, RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center
Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University
William Schulz, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Spencer P. Boyer, Director of International Law and Diplomacy, Center for American Progress

Washington – On Monday, June 11, 2007, the Center for American Progress will host a luncheon discussion on the recently released book, Power and Superpower: Global Leadership and Exceptionalism in the 21st Century, published by the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation.

The United States entered the 21st century as a global leader, emulated for its ideals as much as respected for its power to shape events. During the 20th century, American leadership served as the bedrock for the international order, promoting prosperity and peace both at home and abroad. But in the first years of the new century, a U.S. foreign policy exemplified by war in Iraq, the rejection of international treaties, and disregard for traditional allies gave the impression to many that the United States had abandoned its role as a responsible leader. Power and Superpower calls for a foreign policy that encompasses all of America’s strengths and respects the commitments we share with the rest of the world, the only sure path to America’s continued global leadership and influence. In this volume, some of the United States’ most distinguished and experienced policymakers and experts identify pressing foreign policy issues facing the United States and provide analysis and answers for creating a progressive foreign policy that harnesses power in support of a peaceful and prosperous world.

The panelists will discuss the themes of the book and explore how a sense of American exceptionalism informs U.S. foreign policy, the impact of those policies on U.S. national security, and whether a sense of exceptionalism in foreign policy is beneficial for the United States.

Monday, June 11, 2007
Program: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission is free.

Lunch will be served at 12:30.

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Ambassador James Dobbins is director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center. He has held State Department and White House posts, including assistant secretary of state for Europe, special assistant to the president for the Western Hemisphere, special adviser to the president and secretary of state for the Balkans, and ambassador to the European Community.

Charles Kupchan is professor of international relations at the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University, and a senior fellow and director of Europe studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1993 to 1994, he was director for European affairs on the National Security Council. He wrote his chapter while he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

William Schulz is senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and adjunct professor of international affairs at The New School University. From 1994 to 2006, he served as executive director of Amnesty International USA, a position he assumed after fifteen years with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the last eight (1985-93) as its president.

Spencer P. Boyer is director of international law and diplomacy in the National Security and International Policy Department at the Center for American Progress. He was previously the executive director and War Powers Initiative director at the Constitution Project, based at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, and has served with international courts and tribunals in The Hague, Zurich, and Paris.