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China's Rise, Russia's Invasion, and America's Struggle to Defend the West: A Conversation with David Sanger

May 28, 2024 • 4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT

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Please join the CSIS International Security Program on Tuesday, May 28 at 4:00 p.m. EDT for a conversation with David Sanger, Pulitzer Prize-winning  journalist and White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times, and Dr. Seth G. Jones, CSIS senior vice president, Harold Brown Chair, and ISP director, about Sanger's newest book, New Cold Wars: China's Rise, Russia's Invasion, and America's Struggle to Defend the West. The discussion will be followed by a book signing and reception. 

New Cold Wars is a fast-paced account of America’s plunge into simultaneous confrontations with two very different adversaries. For years, the United States was confident that the newly democratic Russia and increasingly wealthy China could be lured into a Western-led order that promised prosperity and relative peace—so long as they agreed to Washington’s terms. By the time America emerged from the age of terrorism, it was clear that this had been a fantasy. Based on a remarkable array of interviews with top officials from five presidential administrations, U.S. intelligence agencies, foreign governments, and tech companies, Sanger unfolds a riveting narrative spun around the era’s critical questions: Will the mistakes Putin made in his invasion of Ukraine prove his undoing and will he reach for his nuclear arsenal—or will the West’s famously short attention span signal Kyiv’s doom? Will Xi invade Taiwan? Will both men deepen their partnership to undercut America’s dominance? And can a politically dysfunctional America still lead the world? 

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

David E. Sanger

David E. Sanger is national security correspondent for The New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance and Confront and Conceal. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting. A regular contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

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Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program
White House and National Security Correspondent, The New York Times