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America, China, and the Avoidable War

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd discussed the foreign policy objectives of the United States and China and how these superpowers can prevent competition from sparking a conflict.
Ivo H. Daalder
Kevin Rudd
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The evolution of the United States and China relationship has global ramifications. From the war in Ukraine and Asia Pacific security to climate change and economic growth, solutions to a host of global challenges could hinge on the ability of the world’s two superpowers to manage their differences constructively. Kevin Rudd, a former Australian prime minister who has studied, lived in, and worked with China for more than forty years, joins Council President Ivo Daalder to demystify both nations’ geopolitical objectives and consider what it will take to avoid a catastrophic conflict.

Copies of Kevin Rudd’s book, Avoidable War: the Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and Xi Jinping's China, are available to purchase through our local book partner, The Book Cellar.

About the Speakers
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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Australian Ambassador to the US
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Kevin Rudd was appointed Australia’s Ambassador to the United States in March 2023. Previously, he served as Australia’s twenty-sixth Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, then as Minister for Foreign Affairs, before a second term as Prime Minister in 2013.
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