Ivo H. Daalder: The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership (A University Club of Chicago Event)

Ivo H. Daalder, the president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, will discuss and sign copies of his new book, The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership at a University Club luncheon on Wednesday, May 22nd at 12 noonThis is a ticketed luncheon. For more information or to make your reservation, please call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880.  Can't make it to the event? Call us at 847-446-8880 and we are happy to arrange to get an autographed copy of The Empty Throne for you! 

About the book

American diplomacy is in shambles, but beneath the daily chaos is an erosion of the postwar order that is even more dangerous. 

America emerged from the catastrophe of World War II convinced that global engagement and leadership were essential to prevent another global conflict and further economic devastation. That choice was not inevitable, but its success proved monumental. It brought decades of great power peace, underpinned the rise in global prosperity, and defined what it meant to be an American in the eyes of the rest of the world for generations. It was an historic achievement. 

Now, America has abdicated this vital leadership role. The Empty Throne is an inside portrait of the greatest lurch in US foreign policy since the decision to retreat back into Fortress America after World War I. The whipsawing of US policy has upended all that America's postwar leadership created--strong security alliances, free and open markets, an unquestioned commitment to democracy and human rights. Impulsive, theatrical, ill-informed, backward-looking, bullying, and reckless are the qualities that the American president brings to the table, when he shows up at all. The world has had to absorb the spectacle of an America unmaking the world it made, and the consequences will be with us for years to come. 

About the author:

Ivo H. Daalder is the president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Prior to joining the Council, Daalder served as the ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization under President Obama. He has previously worked with James Lindsay on America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy, selected as a top book of 2003 by the Economist. Daalder is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the world's leading newspapers, and a regular commentator on international affairs on television and radio.

The Book Stall is pleased to be able to partner with The University Club of Chicago on some of their noontime programming, which highlights leaders, thinkers, artists and writers from Chicago and around the world.

Please note: The Club adheres to a no denim and no athletic wear dress code at this particular event. If you are bringing a guest please make sure to share this policy with them.

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Event address: 

The University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60603
The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541773851
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: PublicAffairs - October 16th, 2018

American diplomacy is in shambles, but beneath the daily chaos is an erosion of the postwar order that is even more dangerous.