As the United States grapples with a world changed by a rapidly rising China—and considers its own role by questioning how and why it grew into a postwar "superpower"—join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members—distinguished historians and public servants—study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.
For this session, the Applied History Working Group is delighted to welcome the eminent historian Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale, and Stephen Wertheim, a renowned historian of U.S. foreign relations who directs grand strategy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.
Kennedy and Wertheim will discuss the latter's new book Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy (Harvard University Press). Moderated by Graham T. Allison, these scholars will contextualize America's global role today, exploring how and why, as it prepared to enter World War II, the United States decided to lead the postwar world.