America in Retreat: The Decline of US Leadership from WW2 to Covid-19

Speaker
Michael Pembroke
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 14:00
Venue
University of Oxford China Centre - Online via Zoom
Online
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

In the heady days after 1945, the authority of the United States was unrivalled and, with the founding of the UN, a new era of international co-operation seemed to have begun.

But, 75 years later, its influence has already diminished.

The world has now entered a post-American era, argues Michael Pembroke (in 'America in Retreat: The Decline of US Leadership from WW2 to Covid-19', Oneworld, 2021), defined by a flourishing Asia and the ascendancy of China, as much as by the decline of the United States.

Michael Pembroke will discuss his book, which is a short history of that decline; how high standards and treasured principles were ignored; how idealism was replaced by hubris and moral compromise; and how adherence to the rule of law became selective. It is also a look into the future – a future dominated by greater Asia and China in particular. We are in the midst of the third great power shift in modern history – from Europe to America to Asia.