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Strobe Talbott | Talks at Google

Talks at Google

Published on Apr 9, 2007

Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott discuses his career, his work, and his latest thoughts on U.S. foreign policy. This event took place at Google’s Mountain View, CA, headquarters on April 9, 2007, as part of the Authors@Google series.

Strobe Talbott: Putin Wants the World to Know that Russia Is Not Needy


Brookings Institution

Published on Feb 7, 2013

Click here for full video or audio of this event: http://goo.gl/omJa1 Click here to buy “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin”: http://goo.gl/9g7aL On February 6, 2012, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted the launch of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin featuring a panel discussion to explore how Vladimir Putin has singularly defined Russian leadership and its role in the world in the new century. The discussion featured Hill and Gaddy, who will examine how Putin has turned himself into the ultimate political performance artist and how his identities have shaped the way the political and economic system operates today in Russia. Brookings President Strobe Talbott, who served in the U.S. State Department from 1993 to 2001 as ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union and then as deputy secretary, also joined the panel. In this clip, Strobe Talbott comments that Vladimir Putin wants to be seen as the antithesis of his predecessors and he wants the world to know that Russia is not needy and will do things in its own way.

The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation: Strobe Talbott

A Deputy Secretary of State in the Clinton administration draws on personal and historical sources to chronicle humanity’s efforts to secure protection and profitability through the establishment of empires, the waging of wars, and the forging of modern global alliances, in an account that seeks to expose damages inflicted by the Bush administration. 50,000 first printing.

This dramatic narrative of breathtaking scope and riveting focus puts the “story” back into history. It is the saga of how the most ambitious of big ideas — that a world made up of many nations can govern itself peacefully — has played out over the millennia. Humankind’s “Great Experiment” goes back to the most ancient of days — – literally to the Garden of Eden — and into the present, with an eye to the future.

Strobe Talbott looks back to the consolidation of tribes into nations — starting with Israel — and the absorption of those nations into the empires of Hammurabi, the Pharaohs, Alexander, the Caesars, Charlemagne, Genghis Khan, the Ottomans, and the Hapsburgs, through incessant wars of territory and religion, to modern alliances and the global conflagrations of the twentieth century.

He traces the breakthroughs and breakdowns of peace along the way: the Pax Romana, the Treaty of Westphalia, the Concert of Europe, the false start of the League of Nations, the creation of the flawed but indispensable United Nations, the effort to build a “new world order” after the cold war, and America’s unique role in modern history as “the master builder” of the international system.

Offering an insider’s view of how the world is governed today, Talbott interweaves through this epic tale personal insights and experiences and takes us with him behind the scenes and into the presence of world leaders as they square off or cut deals with each other. As an acclaimed journalist, he covered the standoff between the superpowers for more than two decades; as a high-level diplomat, he was in the thick of tumultuous events in the 1990s, when the bipolar equilibrium gave way to chaos in the Balkans, the emergence of a new breed of international terrorist, and America’s assertiveness during its “unipolar moment” — which he sees as the latest, but not the last, stage in the Great Experiment.

Talbott concludes with a trenchant critique of the worldview and policies of George W. Bush, whose presidency he calls a “consequential aberration” in the history of American foreign policy. Then, looking beyond the morass in Iraq and the battle for the White House, he argues that the United States can regain the trust of the world by leading the effort to avert the perils of climate change and nuclear catastrophe.

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Strobe Talbott: Russia Is Changing But Putin’s Beliefs and His Practices Are Not


Brookings Institution

Published on Feb 7, 2013

Click here for full video or audio of this event: http://goo.gl/omJa1 Click here to buy “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin”: http://goo.gl/9g7aL On February 6, 2012, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted the launch of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin featuring a panel discussion to explore how Vladimir Putin has singularly defined Russian leadership and its role in the world in the new century. The discussion featured Hill and Gaddy, who will examine how Putin has turned himself into the ultimate political performance artist and how his identities have shaped the way the political and economic system operates today in Russia. Brookings President Strobe Talbott, who served in the U.S. State Department from 1993 to 2001 as ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union and then as deputy secretary, also joined the panel. In this clip, Strobe Talbott discusses how Russia is changing but Putin’s beliefs and his practices are not. His attitude and inability to modernize the economy and to quiet the growing discontent in the middle class could ultimately be his undoing, Talbott says.

The Status Report: Obama’s Global Leadership


Brookings Institution

Published on Jan 19, 2010

Saying the President has shed the legacy of unilateralism that plagued the U.S. during the Bush years, Brookings President Strobe Talbott gives Obama an A- for his actions on nuclear proliferation and climate change.

SIPA IFP Symposium: Russia, Europe and the US with Strobe Talbott

Columbia SIPA
Published on Apr 18, 2015

Strobe Talbott discusses relations with Russia