Global Leadership through Soft Power

1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls, University of Notre Dame | Zoom Webinar
12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m., April 4, 2023

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Developing countries increasingly have multiple options for strategic partnerships that meet critical needs from trade and infrastructure to public health and digital technology. These countries may find it convenient to partner with powers like China or Russia without considering the long-term implications of such choices.

In a complex and multipolar world, how might the United States and its allies offer a positive agenda that meets the needs and aspirations of partner countries? How might they employ innovative soft-power policies to support broad-based economic growth and good governance, provide specialized help for fragile states, and continue to champion a multilateral international system? How can they engage the private sector, civil society, and voters to help deliver on such an agenda? 

Join us to hear from Daniel Runde of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who argues for such an approach in his recent book, The American Imperative: Reclaiming Global Leadership through Soft Power, and from Joshua Eisenman, a Keough School faculty member who studies China’s relations with developing countries. Maura Policelli, executive director of the Keough School’s Washington, DC office, will moderate the discussion.

“Internally Displaced Persons Receive Emergency Food Aid” by United Nations Photo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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Daniel F. Runde

Senior Vice President and William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Joshua Eisenman

Associate Professor of Politics, Keough School of Global Affairs

Maura Policelli

Executive Director, Keough School Washington Office; Associate Professor of the Practice, Keough School of Global Affairs