2024 promises to be an intense year, in which the United States will be even more at the center of the debate. What does the United States want from the world? And what kind of United States will we have in the world? To help us navigate the turbulent waters that await us, on January 11th, FLAD welcomes Kori Schake, from the American Enterprise Institute, for the session “The US in the World: Wars, Policy, and Order”, a conversation that will be moderated by the Professor of the Institute of Political Studies of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lívia Franco.

The war in Ukraine presents itself as a candidate for a protracted conflict, with no apparent clear winner in sight, but the difficulties in securing financial and military support are increasing. In Israel, there are no signs of an end in sight to the conflict, but there is a crescendo of voices calling for an end to hostilities. 2024 promises not to be an easy year, and the elections in the United States will not diminish the intensity of these tensions.

With the most likely presidential candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the United States – and the world – is preparing for a more tense and confrontational repetition of the campaign of four years ago, but with a more fragmented world order and new armed conflicts, in which Democrats and Republicans present increasingly fragmented positions.

In this context, FLAD resumes the cycle of conferences Democracy: The Way Ahead with Kori Schake, Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, who was a member of the U.S. Department of Defense between 1990 and 1996. During the administrations of George W. Bush, she was part of the upper structures of the National Security Council and the State Department and was one of the main political advisers to the presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin, defeated by Barack Obama in 2008. She is the author of the books “America vs the West: Can the Liberal World Order Be Preserved?” (Penguin Random House Australia, Lowy Institute, 2018); and “Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony” (Harvard University Press, 2017).

Kori Schake is a conservative, and at the same time an important voice in criticizing the Republican Party for its lack of a coherent foreign policy that defends the interests of the United States in the world.

On January 11, at 6:30 p.m., she will be FLAD’s guest for the session “The US in the World: Wars, Policy, and Order”, where she will discuss these topics, the wars in Ukraine and Gaza and the future of the world order. The moderator of this session will be Professor Lívia Franco, specialist in International Relations and Professor at the Institute of Political Studies of Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

The ‘Democracy: The Way Ahead’ cycle is an initiative of FLAD that aims to promote a space for reflection and debate on the current problems facing the Euro-Atlantic community, and, using international experts, seek solutions for the coming decades. As part of this cycle, FLAD received John Ikenberry, Professor at Princeton University, and Constanze Stelzenmüller, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, journalists Peter Baker (New York Times) and Susan Glasser (New Yorker), and international relations experts Robert Kaplan and Walter Russell Mead.

The session will take place on January 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the FLAD auditorium, in Lisbon.

Admission is free. To register, please send an email to fladport@flad.pt.