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Panel Discussion: The Future of Grand Strategy in the Post-COVID World

Watch the video of the panel on IPD’s YouTube Channel.

The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) hosted a panel discussion on Sept 9, 2020 titled “The Future of Grand Strategy in the Post-COVID World,” in partnership with The American Conservative magazine and as part of the launch for IPD’s International System 2050 program.

The panel discusses the state of the international system, specifically the structural shift toward a multipolar order. How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the “liberal” world order, and accelerated trends – such as the return of great power politics, or increased skepticism about globalism – which are already transforming global geopolitics?

This panel is part of a discussion series by IPD about the impact of COVID-19 on global order and international peace and security. The discussion series is supported by the Department of National Defence’s Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program.

Click here to watch the video of the panel discussion.


Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Study of Statesmanship, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary

Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Colonel and former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Col. Wilkerson served in the U.S. Army for 31 years. Since then, he has given interviews to various media outlets, written about his experience preparing Powell’s February 2003 speech to the United Nations calling for an invasion of Iraq, and criticized the interventionist American foreign policy establishment. 

George Beebe, Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for the National Interest

George Beebe has previously served as the director of the CIA’s Russia analysis and as Special Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney for Russia, Eurasia and Intelligence Programs. His areas of expertise include Russia – US relations, cyber security, conflict resolution, European security, analytic methodology, arms control and Russia/Eurasia. In 2009, he published The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Catastrophe.

Christopher Preble, Co-Director at the Scowcroft Center’s New American Engagement Initiative at the Atlantic Council 

Christopher Preble is the former Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. Dr. Preble has written for the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, National Review, The National Interest, and Foreign Policy. He teaches US foreign policy at the University of California, Washington Center. He recently published Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy (2019).

Arta Moeini, Research Director at the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy

Arta Moeini is an international political theorist and a revisionist scholar of Nietzsche and Modernity, whose interests lie at the nexus of contrasting traditions of political realism, culture and politics, and international relations theory. Dr. Moeini’s current project explores the philosophical origins and history of “realism” and advances a theory of “cultural realism” as a cornerstone to a new understanding of foreign policy. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship and an elected member of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters.


Kelley Vlahos, Executive Director of The American Conservative

Kelley Vlahos has written extensively about national security, foreign policy, civil liberties, domestic politics, war and returning veterans since 2007. She has appeared on Al Jazeera, NPR, CSPAN, Democracy Now! and FOX News, where she has discussed issues such as national security in the wake of 9/11, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Middle East, the media and the federal budget.