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NEW COLD WARS: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend the West

New Cold Wars
Tue Apr 23

NEW COLD WARS: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend the West

New Cold Wars
Tue Apr 23

NEW COLD WARS: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend the West

Featuring New York Times White House Correspondent David Sanger

Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CT
New Cold Wars

The Berlin Wall came down in 1989 followed by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. For many in the West, this represented the end of the Cold War and symbolized capitalism’s triumph over communism. However, in China and Russia it was merely a setback in their fight against Western influence. Putin and Xi Jinping have since begun trying to rectify their nation’s 20th century mistakes by testing the boundaries of the West. Putin is pushing back against NATO’s westward expansion with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Xi Jinping has his sights set on reclaiming the island nation of Taiwan, adding a final chapter to the Chinese Communist Revolution that begun in 1927. Russia and China have grown stronger by forging relationships with India, Brazil, and South Africa. Many are beginning to realize the Cold War never ended – it only took a brief pause. Where does this leave the U.S.? Are we willing to defend democracy from these threats? Are we as inclined to fight communism as we were last century? Join the Council with Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Sanger for a discussion on his new book, New Cold Wars.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

David E. Sanger is the White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times and the bestselling author of The InheritanceConfront and Conceal, and The Perfect Weapon. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting about Russia’s effort to manipulate the presidential election. A contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

David Kramer Headshot

Randall L. Stephenson is the former chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc. During his 13-year tenure as chairman and chief executive officer, AT&T became one of the world’s largest companies in the technology, media and telecom space with 2019 revenues of more than $180 billion. During his tenure, AT&T led the world in the deployment of high-speed wireless networks, launching the world’s first iPhone. Randall led AT&T’s launch of HBO Max under the HBO umbrella reaching over 60 million global customers at the end of his tenure. Randall also led AT&T’s $550 million signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and the workplace.

Randall began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982 in Oklahoma. He served in a number of executive roles including chief financial officer and chief operations officer. Randall is a member of the Walmart Board of Directors. Randall previously served as the chairman of the Business Roundtable, made up of the CEOs of America’s leading companies representing over $10 trillion in annual revenues. Randall also served as the Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

  • About the event

    The Berlin Wall came down in 1989 followed by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. For many in the West, this represented the end of the Cold War and symbolized capitalism’s triumph over communism. However, in China and Russia it was merely a setback in their fight against Western influence. Putin and Xi Jinping have since begun trying to rectify their nation’s 20th century mistakes by testing the boundaries of the West. Putin is pushing back against NATO’s westward expansion with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Xi Jinping has his sights set on reclaiming the island nation of Taiwan, adding a final chapter to the Chinese Communist Revolution that begun in 1927. Russia and China have grown stronger by forging relationships with India, Brazil, and South Africa. Many are beginning to realize the Cold War never ended – it only took a brief pause. Where does this leave the U.S.? Are we willing to defend democracy from these threats? Are we as inclined to fight communism as we were last century? Join the Council with Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Sanger for a discussion on his new book, New Cold Wars.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    David E. Sanger is the White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times and the bestselling author of The InheritanceConfront and Conceal, and The Perfect Weapon. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting about Russia’s effort to manipulate the presidential election. A contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    ABOUT THE MODERATOR

    David Kramer Headshot

    Randall L. Stephenson is the former chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc. During his 13-year tenure as chairman and chief executive officer, AT&T became one of the world’s largest companies in the technology, media and telecom space with 2019 revenues of more than $180 billion. During his tenure, AT&T led the world in the deployment of high-speed wireless networks, launching the world’s first iPhone. Randall led AT&T’s launch of HBO Max under the HBO umbrella reaching over 60 million global customers at the end of his tenure. Randall also led AT&T’s $550 million signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and the workplace.

    Randall began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982 in Oklahoma. He served in a number of executive roles including chief financial officer and chief operations officer. Randall is a member of the Walmart Board of Directors. Randall previously served as the chairman of the Business Roundtable, made up of the CEOs of America’s leading companies representing over $10 trillion in annual revenues. Randall also served as the Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America.

     

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