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Jun 23, 2017

Foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman is the winner of the 2016 Orwell Prize and the European Press Prize for Commentator of the Year. In Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline From Obama to Trump and Beyond, he presents his analysis of a new era of global instability, as the flow of wealth and power turns from West to East. He contends that the growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power. This shift is shaping the lives of people all over the world, impacting the fates of nations, and creating international instability. He discusses the dynamics of a troubled but rising China challenging America’s supremacy, while the ambitions of other Asian powers—including Japan, North Korea, India, and Pakistan—further complicate things. Meanwhile the West is struggling with economic malaise and political populism, the Arab world is in turmoil, and Russia longs to reclaim its status as a great power. Rachman offers a forecast of the turbulent path ahead for international politics of the twenty-first century.

Recorded live at Town Hall Seattle Wednesday, May 24, 2017