From Islamist victories across the Middle East to the lengthening shadow cast by Iran to China’s economic and cyber war, the foreign policy establishments in London and Washington, DC have struggled to neutralize threats drawing ever nearer. Amid voter fatigue over foreign commitments, both the political left and right have failed to articulate an appealing approach to defense.

In Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War, Christian Whiton uses a rich mix of history, captivating personal accounts, and recent events, to define what would really constitute smart power and contemporary political warfare by spotlighting the neglected tools of national power that lie between diplomacy and outright war.

Christian Whiton, Principal, D.C. International Advisory

Introductory Remarks
Jeffrey Gedmin, President and CEO, Legatum Institute

Douglas Murray, Associate Director, The Henry Jackson Society


About the Speaker
Christian Whiton is a former US diplomat and presidential campaign adviser. He is a prolific writer and commentator on national security issues, who saw first-hand the successes and failures of statecraft in the George W. Bush administration. From 2003 to 2009, he was a senior advisor and deputy special envoy in the State Department. He is currently a principal at DC International Advisory, a political risk consulting firm. Whiton holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Whiton has appeared on Sky, the BBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, and other networks. He has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, Daily Caller, Huffington Post, and numerous other publications around the world.

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