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Democracy and strategy: American statecraft in the 21st century

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October 08, 2020

Mary Louise Kelly, Michael McFaul, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Stephen M. Walt,

Hosted by Todd Sechser

American foreign policy stands at a crossroads. Confronted with authoritarian rivals, a global pandemic, and turmoil at home, the United States faces a critical choice about its future role in the world. As the 2020 election approaches, the University of Virginia Democracy Initiative's Democratic Statecraft Lab is hosting a webinar to grapple with these questions. First, New America's Anne-Marie Slaughter and Harvard's Stephen Walt face off in a debate about America's role in the world. Then, NPR's Mary-Louise Kelly interviews Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, about challenges dealing with that nation. The event is moderated by Todd Sechser, professor of politics, director of the Democratic Statecraft Lab, and Miller Center faculty senior fellow.