Can America come back, as President-elect Joe Biden announced? Mark Leonard debates the idea with Joseph S. Nye

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Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, fmr. Dean of the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

Chaired by

Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR

Can America come back? Can the United States lead the world again, as President-elect Biden said when unveiling his transition team? Or was Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ approach a symptom of deeper structural changes to power in the world and American politics?

Drawing on a lifetime of academic research and experience as a policymaker, Professor Joseph S. Nye explored how the nature of power is changing in the 21st century. He explained what this means for the international system and America’s role within it. He also talked about what this means for Europeans, and how the EU needs to reimagine its role in a world of great power competition.

In his latest book, Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump, Professor Joseph S. Nye shows what it will take for America to re-engage its moral compass.

ECFR’s new series THINKING BIG WITH aims to go beyond the obvious and immediate. It rather means to force us to look at big, bold, counterintuitive ideas that have the potential to fundamentally reshape Europe’s role in a geopolitical world over the next decades. Bringing together the brightest thinkers and surprising voices, the series aims to unlock political creativity to inspire ideas for a strong Europe in a post-corona world.