Virtual Discussion

Webinar Future of the US as Global Power

The Future of the United States as a Global Power

The result of the 2020 US Presidential election has generated a lively discussion about future choices of the new American administration and their impact on world politics. President-elect Joe Biden believes that the US must lead again. The EU, for its part, envisages closer transatlantic relations but does not expect that differences could be easily or immediately bridged. A few days before Joe Biden's and Kamala Harris' inauguration as 46th President and first female Vice-President of the United States of America, CIFE organises a virtual discussion on: The Future of the US as a Global Power to take place on 13 January 2021 at 17:00.

The debate will be introduced by Matthias Waechter, Director General of CIFE and moderated by George Tzogopoulos, Senior Fellow, Lecturer CIFE. .

Wednesday, 13 January 2021
17:00h 
via Zoom

The attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. 


In the virtual discussion, three distinguished experts will debate about the challenges and the future of the US as a Global Power:

Alon Ben Meir
Alon Ben Meir is Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute. Ben-Meir is an expert on Middle East and West Balkan affairs, international negotiations, and conflict resolution. In the past two decades, Ben-Meir has been directly involved in various backchannel negotiations involving Israel and its neighboring countries and Turkey. Ben-Meir is featured on a variety of television networks and also regularly briefs at the U.S. State Department for the International Visitors Program. He writes a weekly article that is syndicated globally. Dr. Ben-Meir has authored seven books related to Middle East and is currently working on two new books about Syria and Turkey. Ben-Meir holds a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.

Elena Lazarou
Elena Lazarou is the Acting Head of the External Policies Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), where her research focuses on security and defence, global governance, transatlantic relations and EU foreign policy. Prior to joining EPRS, she headed the Center for International Relations of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil (2012-2014) and the Euro-Mediterranean Observatory of the Hellenic Center for European Studies (2009-2010). She received a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in 2008. She has held research positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Sheffield and the London School of Economics (LSE). She has published edited volumes, articles and policy briefs and is also an Associate Fellow on the “US and Americas” programme at Chatham House.

Mark Meirowitz
Mark Meirowitz is Professor of Humanities at SUNY Maritime College in New York. He specializes in Turkish Foreign Policy, U.S.-Turkish relations and Turkish-Israeli relations, as well as American History, American Foreign Policy and Constitutional Law. Previously, he completed the SUNY Levin Fellowship during which he taught English conversation to Turkish Faculty while in residence at Istanbul Technical University. He teaches a wide variety of classes at Maritime, including American History, American Foreign Policy, Constitutional Law and English, and developed a graduate course on Ocean Politics and Law. Dr. Meirowitz frequently appears in the US and Turkish media as an expert on issues related to Turkish Politics and American Foreign Policy.

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