New AtlanticistMar 9, 2016
Wanted: A Changed US Mindset
By Ali Wyne
The Financial Times’ chief foreign affairs columnist, Gideon Rachman, is one of the most trenchant observers of world order and America’s evolving role within it. Writing in the National Interest, he asks a big-picture question that the US presidential candidates should consider and debate this fall: “how long can the United States, a country that […]
Ali Wyne was a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He is also a Washington, DC-based policy analyst in the RAND Corporation’s Defense and Political Sciences Department.
Ali is a David Rockefeller fellow with the Trilateral Commission, a security fellow with the Truman National Security Project, a new leader with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and a Penn Kemble fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. He is also a contributing analyst at Wikistrat, a global fellow at the Project for the Study of the 21st Century, and a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy’s (YPFP’s) Global Leaders Program. Since January 2015 he has been the rapporteur for a US National Intelligence Council working group that convenes government officials and political scientists to analyze trends in world order.
Ali served as a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s China Program from 2008 to 2009 and as a research assistant to Graham Allison at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 2009 to 2012. He has also conducted research for Robert Blackwill, Derek Chollet, Henry Kissinger, Wendy Sherman, and Richard Stengel. From January to July 2013 he worked on a team that prepared Samantha Power for her confirmation hearing to be US Ambassador to the United Nations. From 2014 to 2015 he served on RAND’s adjunct staff, working with the late Richard Solomon on its Strategic Rethink series. He has participated in five Council on Foreign Relations study groups: the theory and practice of geoeconomics (2013-14), US grand strategy towards China (2013-14), Chinese foreign policy (2014-15), US policy towards Russia (2014-15), and China’s role in global governance (2017-18).
Ali received dual degrees in management science and political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008) and earned his master in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School (2017), where he was a course assistant to Joseph Nye. While at the Kennedy School he served on a Hillary for America working group on US policy towards Asia.
Ali is a coauthor of Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World (2013) and a contributing author to Power Relations in the Twenty-First Century:Mapping a Multipolar World? (2017) and the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy (2008). He has published extensively in outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Affairs, the New Republic, the National Interest, the American Interest, and War on the Rocks.
Ali delivered the welcome address at the 2011 St. Gallen Symposium, participated in the 2015 Manfred Wörner Seminar and the 2018 China-US Young Scholars Dialogue, and was selected to attend the 2016 Young Strategists Forum and the 2018 Brussels Forum’s Young Professionals Summit. In 2012 YPFP and the Diplomatic Courier selected him as one of the ninety-nine most influential professionals in foreign policy under thirty-three.