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The global economy is in crisis—recovery from the '08 crash is slow and most major economies are in trouble.

Is global political crisis the outcome of  economic crisis? How will the future of globalization affect China, Russia, the Euro-zone and Japan? Are Middle East economies failing? How will the U S economy perform and can America remain # 1? Can the world economy recover?

Noted scholar and foreign affairs analyst Michael Mandelbaum, author of the bestselling new book The Road to Global Prosperity, discusses these issues with Professor Ralph Buultjens.

A bookselling and signing of Michael Mandelbaum’s The Road to Global Prosperity will follow the program.

Due to the fast-changing nature of global politics, topics may change.


Can't make it to the event? Leave your questions for our guests below, and they might be used on stage during the Q&A. Keep an eye on 92Y On Demand after the event for any video clips we might share! You might see your question used on stage.


The World Politics with Ralph Buultjens series is underwritten in memory of Harold W. and Ida L. Goldstein by the Estate of Sanford Goldstein.


Johns Hopkins foreign policy specialist and bestselling author Michael Mandelbaum is known for his ability to explain the meaning and consequences of complicated global developments and trends. The New York Times called him "one of the country's leading public intellectuals," and Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Co-written with Thomas Friedman, Mandelbaum's That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, debuted at #2 on The New York Times bestsellers list. Library Journal called it “a book of exceptional importance” that “should be read by policymakers and every American concerned about our country's future.”

In March 2014, Simon & Schuster published his latest book, The Road to Global Prosperity, which looks at the future of the global economy and includes sections on financial stability, international security, the politics of trade and emerging markets.

Mandelbaum is the author or co-author of 14 books, including The Case for Goliath, Democracy’s Good Name, The Meaning of Sports and The Frugal Superpower, which The Financial Times named one of the best non-fiction books of 2010.

His classic, The Ideas That Conquered the World, has been translated into seven languages, including Chinese and Arabic. Thomas Friedman described it as "important and compelling," while Henry Kissinger praised it as “illuminating and thought-provoking.”

The Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Mandelbaum has taught at Columbia University, Harvard and The United States Naval Academy. He was educated at Yale, Cambridge and Harvard.

A former Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Mandelbaum serves on the board of advisors of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The World Affairs Councils of America named him one of the most influential people in American foreign policy. He has been a guest on "Charlie Rose," "Face The Nation" and "The Daily Show."


Ralph Buultjens is a professor at New York University and the former Nehru Professor/Professorial Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the Toynbee Prize for Social Sciences and is the author of 10 books on world affairs.

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