May 15

Past Event

The Post-American World: A Discussion with Fareed Zakaria

Event Materials



  • U.S. Stagnating as Other Nations Expand

    Strobe Talbott: That the United States finds itself stagnating as other nations expand is not surprising.

    Strobe Talbott

  • Fareed Zakaria

    In a world of great power peace and global capitalism, Zakaria says, countries have realized that there are many ways to become rich, strong and powerful.

  • Fareed Zakaria

    There is something very broken about Washington today, Zakaria argues. There is something deeply wrong with our polity''s ability to deal with these problems.

  • Fareed Zakaria

    In order to get back on track, Zakaria says the United States must begin to live up to its own ideals.


The Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) hosted Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, for a discussion of his new book The Post-American World (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008).

In his new book, Zakaria argues that we are experiencing a global transformation on par with the rise of the West beginning in the fifteenth century and the ascent of the United States that began in the nineteenth. According to Zakaria, today we are experiencing “the rise of the rest,” the shift in political and economic power to other nations, particularly China and India, that is reshaping the international order. He looks closely at how both Western and indigenous influences are shaping the emergence of these powers, and considers the impediments to American leadership and strategies for overcoming those obstacles.

Mr. Zakaria was joined by Brookings President Strobe Talbott, author of the recently published The Great Experiment: From Tribes to Global Nations (Simon & Schuster, 2008), which examines the history of the ideas and reality of global governance and the needs for adaptation to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. CUSE Director and Brookings Senior Fellow Daniel Benjamin moderated the discussion.

Event Agenda


May 15, 2008

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Saul/Zlikha Rooms

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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