Podcast: Understanding the new era of global competition

Thomas Wright of Brookings Institute argues US still has a special role to play on world stage

It is often said that the global order is weakening and American power in particular is on the wane. But what should or can be done to arrest the decline? Should the US step back, having failed to spread liberal democracy to Russia, China and the Middle East?

In a new book, Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution, a Washington based think tank, argues that a new era of increased competition between global powers is here to stay and that the US still has a special role to play on the world stage.

On today's podcast he talks to Chris Dooley about the nature of the global balance of power and how it is evolving, what motivates Vladimir Putin, the future of the European Union and the special risk posed by Donald Trump's presidency.

All Measures Short of War is published by Yale.

Declan Conlon

Declan Conlon

Declan Conlon is head of audio at The Irish Times