The Helen and Robert Appel Series on Presidential Elections
Featuring: Robert M. Gates, David M. Rubenstein
Recorded September 18, 2020
How has global perception of the United States shifted since the end of the Cold War? Once seen as a dominant international leader, the country’s reputation has evolved into that of a disorganized entity, seemingly unwilling to accept the mantle of leadership. In an insightful discussion with David M. Rubenstein, bestselling author and former secretary of defense Robert M. Gates uses his firsthand knowledge to uncover how this transformation unfolded, how political leaders have wielded American power, and how future leaders can rise to the challenges to come.
Robert M. Gates served as secretary of defense under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He is currently chancellor of the College of William & Mary and is the author of several books, including Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World.
David M. Rubenstein (moderator), co-founder and co-executive chairman of the Carlyle Group, is the author of The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians and How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers.
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