We are entering into an age of renewed great power competition between powers with differing ideologies. Due to the economic rise of Russia and China in the last decade, domestic challenges in the United States, and economic and political repercussions of U.S. policy in the Middle East, it appears as though the United States no longer holds the monopoly over international affairs and has to compete for global influence. As uncertainty about the future arises, how can the West stay competitive to defend its influence internationally? Join Orbis Editor Nick Gvosdev and author of Spring Orbis article, Democracy and Transatlantic Values in an Age of Great Power Competition, Suzanne Loftus, as they discuss strategies for staying competitive, from rebuilding democratic institutions to investing in the development of new technology.
This event is part of the Robert Strausz-Hupé Project: The Atlantic System in a World of Great Power Rivalry.
Dr. Suzanne Loftus obtained her doctorate in International Studies from the University of Miami where she also taught a number of classes in International Relations and Foreign Policy. She specializes in Russian foreign and domestic politics and transatlantic security. Prior to turning to academia, Suzanne worked at the United Nations and in the private sector in Geneva, Switzerland where she also obtained her Master’s degree in Business Management. Suzanne is currently a Professor of National Security at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and the Deputy Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Department. Along with her native English, she speaks French, Spanish, and Russian.
Nikolas Gvosdev is the Editor of Orbis: FPRI’s Journal of World Affairs and a Senior Fellow in FPRI’s Eurasia Program. He is also a Professor of National Security Affairs, holding the Captain Jerome E. Levy Chair in Economic Geography and National Security at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was formerly the Editor of The National Interest magazine and a Senior Fellow at The Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. A frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, his work has appeared in such outlets as Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Orbis, and he has appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and BBC. He is the co-author of US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Rise of an Incidental Superpower, and the co-author of Russian Foreign Policy: Vectors, Sectors, and Interests.