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Roxana Pop | Staff PhotographerBrookings Institution senior fellow Robert Kagan speaks Tuesday morning in the Amphitheater, the second lecture on Week Seven’s “Diplomacy” theme.

Kagan: ‘We are not in decline as a global power’

“The United States rose to become a great power and is not surrounded by other great powers,” said Robert Kagan, Tuesday’s morning lecturer, who spoke on the week’s theme of “Diplomacy.” Kagan, a veteran of the Department of State, now serves as senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. “I apologize to Canada and Mexico, but [because of its geography], the United States has enjoyed enormous security in the region.”

Kagan traced the trajectory of America’s rise as a superpower in the past century, arguing that the intervention of the United States in World War I and World War II, as well as its hand in rebuilding Europe after those wars, has led to the peace that the world knows today. And this relatively peaceful world order, with the U.S. at the forefront, should not be taken for granted, he said.

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Kagan urges America to retain influence in world

Robert Kagan surveys today’s international political landscape and, on the whole, likes what he sees. Fewer wars, more democracies and an increasing quality of life around the world make Kagan glad he’s alive today.

“We shouldn’t take for granted that we do live in a pretty remarkable period,” he said.

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Week Seven lectures study practice of diplomacy, understanding different cultures

Chautauqua focuses on international affairs this week with a series of lectures on the importance and practice of diplomacy.

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Chautauqua spends Week Seven 2013 examining history, practice of diplomacy

During Week Seven of the 2013 season, Chautauquans and visitors can look forward to a week devoted entirely to the theme of diplomacy, or the art and skill of conducting negotiations among states, groups or organizations.

“At a time when America’s place in global affairs is changing daily and becoming increasingly complex, Chautauqua will look into diplomacy as a central activity of global citizenship,” said Institution President Tom Becker. “We will look at the history of diplomacy, key dates and individuals in its development and hear from contemporary practitioners.”

Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education, said the inspiration for the theme stems from the overwhelming interest in foreign affairs on the part of Chautauqua.

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