Great Talk Inc and The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute JHU present Geopolitical Domination by China, Russia, or the US: Global Disruption and Broken Alliances. This panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm, at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD. Registration is free for both in-person or Livestream. Please note that masks are required for in-person attendance.


The panel of experts include:

Horace A. Bartilow

HORACE A. BARTILOW, Professor of International Political Economy & American Foreign Policy, School of International Service at American University.

Horace A. Bartilow is a Jamaican-born political economist who received his Ph.D. in 1994 from the State University of New York at Albany. He is Professor of International Political Economy and American Foreign Policy at the School of International Service at American University where he is also a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Data Science at the School of Public Affairs.

He is a mixed-methods researcher with training in advanced statistical and qualitative research methods with particular expertise in documentary and archival analysis, elite and focus group interviewing. He has extensive research expertise in the study of licit and illicit international political economy. His research on licit economies has focused on the politics of international trade and finance, structural adjustment economic reform, the politics of sustainable development, and the politics of coercive diplomacy and economic sanctions. He is the principal developer of the Bi-SAP database – the Bartilow Index of Governments’ Implementation of the International Monetary Fund’s Structural Adjustment Programs, 1945 to 2021.

His research on illicit economies has focused on the politics of illicit trafficking, and the impact of U.S. drug enforcement on human rights and democratization in the developing world. His forthcoming published research features a large n-statistical analysis of how women’s political representation and participation in 118 countries increase governments’ compliance with international rules and norms against human trafficking.

His scholarly articles on these issues have appeared in prominent peer-reviewed international journals such as Third World Quarterly, Latin American Research Review, International Studies Quarterly, Latin American Politics and Society, International Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Security Studies, Journal of Conflict Studies, National Political Science Review and the Journal of Human Trafficking, Enslavement and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.

Horace is the author of “The Debt Dilemma: IMF Negotiations in Jamaica, Grenada, and Guyana” (University of Warwick, London: Macmillan Press, 1997), “Drug War Pathologies: Embedded Corporatism and U.S Drug Enforcement in the Americas” (University of North Carolina Press, 2019); and his current book projects are “Pawns and Puppets: Orientalism and the Racial Origins of U.S. Cold War Ideology and Covert Intervention in the Developing World” (Under Contract Cambridge University Press); and “Sinophobia and the Liberal Order: Is China a Present Threat or Pending Manager of Global Liberalism?”

Giselle Donnelly

GISELLE DONNELLY, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Giselle Donnelly is a senior fellow in defense and national security at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she focuses on national security and military strategy, operations, programs, and defense budgets.

From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Donnelly served as a policy group director and professional staff member at the House Armed Services Committee. She has also served as a member of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the editor of Armed Forces Journal and Army Times, and the deputy editor of Defense News.

Ms. Donnelly has testified before Congress and has been widely published in the popular press, including in The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard. Her many books include “Lessons for a Long War: How America Can Win on New Battlefields”(AEI Press, 2010), coauthored with Frederick W. Kagan and others; “Ground Truth: The Future of U.S. Land Power”(AEI Press, 2008), coauthored with Frederick W. Kagan; “Of Men and Materiel: The Crisis in Military Resources”(AEI Press, 2007), coedited with Gary J. Schmitt; “The Military We Need: The Defense Requirements of the Bush Doctrine”(AEI Press, 2005); and “Operation Iraqi Freedom: A Strategic Assessment”(AEI Press, 2004). She is currently working on “Empire for Liberty: The British Roots of American Strategy-Making.”

Ms. Donnelly has a master of international public policy from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. Formerly Thomas Donnelly, Giselle Donnelly’s previous work can be found here.

Matthew Kaminski


Matthew Kaminski is POLITICO’s Editor-in-Chief, overseeing all editorial operations of the publication.

Starting as a freelancer from Eastern Europe before his senior year in college, Matt has reported on international affairs, politics and business on and off for the past quarter century. He covered the former Soviet Union for the Financial Times and Economist in 1994-97, and in 1997 joined the Wall Street Journal in Brussels as a correspondent. He subsequently held various writing and editing roles with the Journal in Paris and New York. In 2004, Matt was awarded the Peter Weitz Prize by the German Marshall Fund for a series of stories on the European Union. His coverage of the Ukrainian crisis won an Overseas Press Club prize in 2015. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary that year.

He joined POLITICO in late 2014 to become the founding editor of the European edition, which launched in April 2015. He moved to Washington in the fall of 2018 to help lead the publication’s global expansion efforts, and took on his current role in April 2019.

Born in Poland, Matt immigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in Washington. He holds degrees from Yale College and the University of Paris and lives in Washington with his wife, Alexandra Geneste, and their two children.

Jeffrey Mankoff

JEFFREY MANKOFF, Distinguished Research Fellow at the U.S. National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies

With areas of expertise in Russian Foreign Policy; Eurasia, Ethnic Conflict; and Energy Security, Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the U.S. National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies. He is the author of Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009, 2011). His forthcoming book, Empires of Eurasia: How Imperial Legacies Shape International Security (Yale, 2021), examines the impact of the imperial past on Chinese, Iranian, Russian, and Turkish politics and foreign policy. He also writes frequently for Foreign Affairs, War on the Rocks, CNN, and other outlets.

Mankoff was previously a senior fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and served as an adviser on U.S.-Russia relations at the U.S. Department of State as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. From 2008 to 2010, he was associate director of International Security Studies at Yale University and an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He also held the John M. Olin National Security Fellowship at Harvard University (2006-07) and the Henry Chauncey Fellowship at Yale University (2007-08). Mankoff received B.A. degrees in international studies and Russian from the University of Oklahoma, and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in diplomatic history from Yale University. He is a Truman National Security Fellow and a past Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

William Egginton

MODERATOR: WILLIAM EGGINTON, Director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute

Bill is the Decker Professor in the Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy, and where he Directs the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute.

He is the author of How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (2007), The Philosopher’s Desire (2007), The Theater of Truth (2010), in Defense of Religious Moderation (2011), and The Man Who Invented Fiction (2016). He is co-author with David Castillo of Medialogies (2017). He is also co-editor with Mike Sandbothe of The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy (2004), translator and editor of Lisa Block de Behar’s Borges, the Passion of an Endless Quotation (2003), co-editor with David E. Johnson of Thinking With Borges (2009). His most recent book, The Splintering of the American Mind, was published by Bloomsbury in 2018.

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