Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Andrew Imbrie will be in conversation with Rear Admiral John Kirby.

An essential guide to renewing American leadership in a turbulent, polarized, and post-dominant world.
 Is America fated to decline as a great power? Can it recover? With absorbing insight and fresh perspective, foreign policy expert Andrew Imbrie provides a road map for bolstering American leadership in an era of turbulence abroad and deepening polarization at home. This is a book about choices: the tough policy trade-offs that political leaders need to make to reinvigorate American money, might, and clout. In the conventional telling, the United States is either destined for continued dominance or doomed to irreversible decline. Imbrie argues instead that the United States must adapt to changing global dynamics and compete more wisely. Drawing on the author’s own experience as an adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as on interviews and comparative studies of the rise and fall of nations, this book offers a sharp look at American statecraft and the United States’ place in the world today.

Andrew Imbrie is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University, where he focuses on issues at the intersection of artificial intelligence and national security. He also serves as an advisor to the congressionally established National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Prior to Georgetown, he was a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a senior advisor to Visiting Distinguished Statesman John F. Kerry.

He has served in senior speechwriting and policy positions in the United States Senate and U.S. Department of State, where he was twice awarded the Department’s Meritorious Honor Award. He received his B.A. in the humanities from Connecticut College and his M.A. from the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Georgetown University.

Andrew grew up on three continents as the son of a U.S. Foreign Service officer. He has traveled to more than 60 countries and speaks French, Italian, and German. With a diplomat for a father and a journalist for a mother, his tour as a speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry completed a circle that he never imagined drawing.

Andrew has designed and taught foreign policy speechwriting and rhetoric courses for graduate and undergraduate students as an adjunct professor at Georgetown and American Universities. He has lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy, artificial intelligence, American rhetoric, and political speechwriting to audiences in the United States and internationally. His writings have appeared in such outlets as War on the RocksSurvivalDefense One, and On Being. His book is Power on the Precipice: The Six Choices America Faces in a Turbulent World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020). 

A member of the Digital Freedom Forum and 2018 class of the Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellowship at the Center for a New American Security, Andrew resides in Maryland with his wife Teresa Eder, a journalist, writer, and producer.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, USN (ret), is a CNN military and diplomatic analyst and most recently served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. Kirby appears regularly on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and across all of CNN's programming providing analysis on issues related to the U.S. military, defense, foreign affairs and diplomacy.

Prior to joining CNN, Kirby had a 29-year career with the United States Navy, joining after college and eventually retiring as Rear Admiral in 2015. In 2011, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appointed Kirby to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Media Operations. Two years later, after serving as the U.S. Navy's Chief of Information, Kirby was chosen as Pentagon Press Secretary and became the first uniformed officer to hold the position. Following his military career, Kirby returned to government to serve as the Spokesperson for the U.S. State Department. Soon after, he was appointed by then-President Obama to take on the role of Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Public Affairs, a title he held until the end of the Obama administration.

Kirby is from St. Petersburg, Florida, and holds a B.A. in History from the University of South Florida, as well as an M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Power on the Precipice: The Six Choices America Faces in a Turbulent World By Andrew Imbrie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300243505
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Yale University Press - September 8th, 2020