‘America in the World’: The story of U.S. diplomacy

Painting of Benjamin Franklin in France

Todros Geller, “Franklin at the Court of France—1778”, Smithsonian American Art Museum

‘America in the World’: The story of U.S. diplomacy

Robert Zoellick, William Antholis (moderator), David Leblang

Monday, October 19, 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM (EDT)
Event Details

Longtime U.S. diplomat Robert Zoellick discusses his new book, America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, a sweeping work that ranges from Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson to Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, and James Baker. The book serves as an informative companion and practical adviser to readers seeking to understand the strategic and immediate challenges of U.S. foreign policy during an era of transformation.


Monday, October 19, 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM (EDT)
Robert Zoellick headshot

Robert Zoellick

Robert Zoellick was the president of the World Bank Group from 2007 to 2012, U.S. trade representative from 2001 to 2005, and deputy secretary of state from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick served as counselor to the secretary of the treasury and under secretary of state, as well as the White House deputy chief of staff.

Zoellick is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State’s highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award of the Department of the Treasury, and the Medal for Distinguished Public Service of the Department of Defense. The German government awarded him the Knight Commanders Cross for his achievements in the course of German unification.

Bill Antholis headshot

William Antholis (moderator)

William Antholis serves as director and CEO of the Miller Center. Immediately prior, he was managing director at The Brookings Institution, and from 1995 to 1999 he served in government. At the White House, he was director of international economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and National Economic Council, where he served as the chief staff person for the G8 Summits in 1997 and 1998. Antholis is the author of Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global and, with Strobe Talbot,Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming.

David Leblang

David Leblang

David Leblang, the Randolph P. Compton Professor at the Miller Center, is the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics. He is also professor of public policy at the UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where he is director of the Global Policy Center. A scholar in the area of international political economy, he is currently working on two major projects. The first is a book-length study of the role that global migration plays in linking host and home countries and how these linkages help explain observed patterns of international investment, remittance flows, and the spread of democracy. The second project is related but focuses on the destination choices of refugees and illegal migrants.