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We are delighted to host David McCormick, CEO of Bridgewater and Chairman of our International Advisory Board, together with General Joseph Dunford (ret.), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for a discussion of the groundbreaking paper “Economic Might, National Security, and the Future of American Statecraft.” In their analysis, McCormick and his co-authors Charles Luftig and James Cunningham assert that the United States is at a turning point in the projection of its global power and must rethink how it operates at the intersection of economics and national security policy to defend U.S. interests both at home and abroad. McCormick and Dunford will share their deep experience and explore how America can better integrate its economic strength and statecraft, innovation leadership, and military power, as well as how to improve the functions of the U.S. government to take on new interdisciplinary problem-sets.

Economic statecraft is a key pillar of the Atlantic Council’s new GeoEconomics Center, where we focus on breaking down the barriers between foreign policy, finance, and economics, and hope to define the terms of engagement for a new generation of challenges.


David McCormick
Chief Executive Officer
Bridgewater Associates
Atlantic Council International Advisory Board

General Joseph Dunford
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
United States Marine Corps

Moderated by

Julia Friedlander
C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Deputy Director
GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council