Asan Plenum

Session: Plenary Session 2
Date/Time: April 28, 2015 / 14:00-15:15

Lee Chung Min, Yonsei University

Edwin Feulner, The Heritage Foundation
Han Sung Joo, Korea University
Guy Sorman, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Yao Yunzhu, Academy of Military Science, PLA


Panel Description

American leadership is indispensable to resolving many of the challenges confronting the global community today. Yet the United States faces a more diverse and complex array of crises than at any time since the end of the Second World War. Many of these crises have revealed the constraints on U.S. power in the international arena. Regime change, democratization, and nation-building have proven to be exceptionally difficult tasks. The U.S.-led alliance system in Europe and Asia is under siege by revisionist challengers. Meanwhile, transnational problems such as climate change, terrorism, and pandemics call for global responses and global leadership. At a time of major geopolitical upheavals, the consequence of American disengagement from international affairs may lead to even greater turmoil. What are the most pressing obstacles to more effective U.S. leadership and how can they be overcome?