On Election Day, a Refreshingly Optimistic View of US Prospects with Ali Wyne

The Hale Report Podcast Episode 37

November 8, 2022

Ali Wyne immediately confesses that he is a hopeless optimist. He is also the author of a new book America's Great-Power Opportunity: Revitalizing U.S. Foreign Policy to Meet the Challenges of Strategic Competition which is the perfect antidote to the current spate of election doomsaying in the US. A sample from our podcast, which I have been saving up for this week:

The United States has a storied tradition of not only overcoming or weathering periods of domestic upheaval, but also of defying prognostications of terminal decline. There's no self-evident reason why it should be beyond the capacity of the US to do so once more. I'm kind of a pragmatic optimist in the sense that America's competitive advantages will not automatically renew … renewal takes work, but the United States has renewed itself before and it can do so again.

I think certainly as formidable as America's challenges are at home and abroad, that I would rather have America's challenges than those that China and Russia confront. So I'm cautiously optimistic, but the United States needs to get to work and it needs to get to work now.

Wyne is a senior analyst with Eurasia Group's Global Macro-Geopolitics practice.  He is a David Rockefeller fellow with the Trilateral Commission, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a security fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

As a writer and keen contributor to foreign policy debates Wyne is someone to watch. Though still in the early stages of his career, he is already making an impact. I think you will enjoy hearing his personal story as well as his analysis of what we can and should be doing as a nation in the United States to remain globally competitive.

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