Director of American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
About the Speaker
Author and the Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Michael Mandelbaum is one of America’s leading authorities on international affairs, known for his ability to explain, in clear and accessible ways, the meaning and consequences of complicated global developments and trends. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" of 2010.
His classic book, The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century, has been translated into seven languages including Chinese and Arabic. “The purpose of the book,” says Dr. Mandelbaum, “was to provide a framework for understanding all of the international issues of the 21st century, from globalization to terrorism, from Chinese succession politics to Latin American economic crises.” The Financial Times called it “a brilliant book” and Tom Friedman praised it as “important and compelling.”
His latest book is The Frugal Superpower: America's Global Leadership in a Cash-Strapped Era (August 2010). Fouad Ajami called it "a work of great clarity and elegance," and The Financial Times named it one of the best non-fiction books of the year.
Mandelbaum is the author or co-author of 12 books, including The Case for Goliath, Democracy’s Good Name: The Rise and the Risks of the World’s Most Popular Form of Government, The Fate of Nations, and The Meaning of Sports.
A former faculty member at Harvard University, Columbia University and The United States Naval Academy, he was educated at Yale, Cambridge and Harvard. From 1986-2004, he was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. The World Affairs Councils of America named him one of the most influential people in American foreign policy. He has been a guest on such programs as Charlie Rose, Face The Nation, NPR, Larry King Live, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He contributes a monthly column to The New Republic's foreign affairs blog, "Entanglements."
Mandelbaum currently is working on a book on the global economy, a large portion of which will be devoted to the BRICs — Brazil, Russia, India, and China. He also is writing a book with Thomas L. Friedman, to be published in September 2011, about the major challenges facing the United States, the reason the country is not addressing those challenges effectively, and the policies America needs to adopt to ensure prosperity at home and strength abroad in the 21st century. The title will be: That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back.