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World Review: Russia, China, and the Battle for Global Dominance

In lieu of a new World Review, Ivo Daalder talks with Catherine Ashton, Robert Kagan, and Kishore Mahbubani about Russia and China’s efforts to counter US power.
Against a backdrop of Russian and Chinese flags, Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the end of a joint press briefing in Beijing's Great Hall of the People. Play Video

About This Episode

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s economic and military rise signify the emergence of a new geopolitical order. In this era of revived great power competition, the United States faces adversaries increasingly willing and able to challenge its global interests and project their own influence. In lieu of our regular World Review panel, this is a replay of a conversation with experts from the United States, Asia, and Europe on what the war in Ukraine has revealed about the changing geopolitical order and whether further conflict is inevitable as the ambitions of the world’s powers collide.

About the Speakers
Former High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
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Baroness Catherine Ashton served as the European Union's first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Previously, Ashton served as the first woman Commissioner for Trade in the European Commission and was the first British woman European Commissioner.
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Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Robert Kagan is the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of numerous books including the bestseller, "The World America Made." Kagan also is a contributing columnist for the Washington Post.
Former President, United Nations Security Council
Kishore Mahbubani is currently a distinguished fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. Before embarking on a career in academia, he was with the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years. With postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington, DC, and New York, he also served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations and as President of the UN Security Council.
CEO, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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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.
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