On June 24, 2021, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) welcomed Mr. Alexander Cooley, Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Director of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for a discussion on The Future of American Hegemony and American Strategy in Eurasia. Márton Ugrósdy, Director of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade also took part in the conversation which was moderated by Tamás Baranyi, Deputy Director of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Whether the U.S. wants to take back leadership and hegemony, or rather strike a balance with other powers was discussed in the first part of the conversation. With regard to the present troubles with strengthening alliances, Mr. Cooley said the goal is more limited, and represents a shift from transactionalism to an emphasis on communality. Mr. Ugrósdy added that American policies of the past decade created a credibiltiy gap which is not easy to overcome. Later in the converstaion, the structural and ideological nature of the transatlantic relationship, and a possible Russian–American rapprochement in the face of the rising China was also discussed.
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