10:30 am EST - 11:45 am EST

Past Event

The ghost at the feast: America and the collapse of world order, 1900-1941

Friday, January 13, 2023

10:30 am - 11:45 am EST

Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC

At the dawn of the 20th century, the United States was one of the world’s richest, most populous, and most technologically advanced nations. It was also a nation divided along numerous fault lines, with conflicting aspirations and concerns pulling it in different directions. America’s resulting intervention in World War II marked the beginning of a new era for the United States and for the world. In Robert Kagan’s new book, “The Ghost at the Feast: America and the Collapse of World Order, 1900-1941,” Kagan provides “a comprehensive, sweeping history of America’s rise to global superpower — from the Spanish-American War to World War II.” 

On January 13, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted a discussion with Kagan to analyze both the perils of American withdrawal from the world and the price of international responsibility.

Viewers can submit questions via e-mail to [email protected] or tweet to @BrookingsFP using the hashtag #GhostattheFeast.