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Blackwill and Fontaine on the US Pivot to Asia and the Rise of Chinese Power

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Robert D. Blackwill and Richard Fontaine discuss their new book, "Lost Decade," in conversation with Council CEO Ivo Daalder.
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In their new book “Lost Decade,” Robert D. Blackwill and Richard Fontaine analyze the US pivot to Asia across historical, strategic, and global contexts. They argue that shaping a robust Asia policy is critical to safeguarding American security, prosperity, and democratic ideals globally and deem Washington's failure to counter China's rise as one of America's top three post-WWII foreign policy blunders, alongside Vietnam's 1965 escalation and Iraq's 2003 invasion. Blackwill and Fontaine discuss their book in conversation with Council CEO Ivo Daalder, stressing the necessity for policymakers to better understand the objectives and deficiencies of the pivot. Amidst rising global instability, they propose a path forward to preserve an open order in Asia and the world.

Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
Robert D. Blackwill
Robert D. Blackwill is the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and coauthor of "Lost Decade: The U.S. Pivot to Asia and the Rise of Chinese Power."
Robert D. Blackwill
Richard Fontaine
CEO, Center for a New American Security
Richard Fontaine headshot
Richard Fontaine, CEO of CNAS, served as president of CNAS from 2012–19 and as senior fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain and worked at the State Department, the National Security Council, and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Richard Fontaine headshot
CEO, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Headshot of Ivo H. Daalder
Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013. He joined the Council as president in 2013 and took on the new role of CEO in 2023. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of 10 books.
Headshot of Ivo H. Daalder