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May 25

Past Event

Campaign 2012: America’s Role in the World

Event Materials



  • Global Partnerships

    Bruce Jones: The rhetoric of America’s decline runs far ahead of the reality of America’s decline; our power is embedded in our global partnerships.

    Bruce Jones

  • Global Economic Governance

    Homi Kharas: The global economy is in trouble and so the question leading into the presidential election is: which candidate is more likely to pursue a multilateral approach toward global economic governance?

    Homi Kharas

  • The Economy is Our Biggest Challenge

    Strobe Talbott: The biggest challenge our next president faces will be the nation’s economy. No matter what either man espouses or promises, this country won’t be able to lead unless he restores our fiscal sanity.

    Strobe Talbott

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Despite America’s longstanding status as the world’s only superpower, rapid globalization and new global security threats have raised questions about America’s role in the international order. The U.S. must contend with the rise of strong economic actors like China and Brazil, while volatile regions like the Middle East and the Korean peninsula remain dependent on America’s international security presence. The next president will have to manage these dual realities while protecting American interests at home and abroad.

On May 25, the Campaign 2012 project at Brookings held a discussion on America’s role in the world, the sixth in a series of forums that identify and address the 12 most critical issues facing the next president. Deputy White House Editor Edward-Isaac Dovere of POLITICO moderated a panel discussion with Brookings experts Bruce Jones, Strobe Talbott and Homi Kharas, who presented recommendations to the next president.

After the program, panelists took questions from the audience.

You can follow the conversation on this event on Twitter using the hashtag #AmericasRole or on our @BICampaign2012 Twitter feed.

Download papers from the event:

Campaign 2012: Twelve Independent Ideas for Improving American Public Policy is an indispensable guide to the key questions facing White House hopefuls in 2012.

Event Agenda


May 25, 2012

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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Brookings Office of Communications


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