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US Debate – ‘This house would still look to the US for Global Leadership’

8:30 pm 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States has held a pre-eminent position in the Global Order. It has dominated the world stage diplomatically, economically, and militarily, leading the actions of NATO and the West in affairs ranging from Iraq to the financial crisis. However, as diplomatic power shifts from West to East, politicians on every continent are starting to question their nation’s position in relation to the United States, a process only accelerated by President Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy. Has time run out for American global leadership?
Proposition Speakers
1. Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC
Former Secretary of State for Scotland, Defence Secretary, and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher and Major. He served as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, providing oversight of MI5, MI6, and GCHQ.
2. Brigadier General Robert Spalding (Retd.)
Former United States Air Force Brigadier. He now serves as a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, focusing on US-China relations and national security. He is the author of Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept.
3. Congresswoman Jane Harman
Former Democratic Congresswoman for California’s 36th congressional district and President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She was the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and Homeland Security Committee’s intelligence subcommittee.
Opposition Speakers
1. His Excellency Ambassador Andrey Kelin
Russian Ambassador to the UK. He has been in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1979, serving as the Deputy Permanent Representative to NATO and the Permanent Representative to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
2. Professor Amitav Acharya
Distinguished Professor of International Relations at American University, Washington DC, and author of The End of the American World Order. He has made major contributions to constructivism and Asian regionalism.
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Date: 8:30 pm
Time: 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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