The Most Powerful People in the World

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Duration 01:01:04

University of Pennsylvania, Carey Law School

William Burke-White is a renowned professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Carey Law School. An international lawyer and political scientist, he is a leading expert on U.S. foreign policy, multilateral institutions, and international law, with significant regional expertise on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. From 2009 – 2011, he served in the Obama administration on Secretary of State Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff. Professor Burke-White has received the Levin Award and the Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching and was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University.



This presentation examines how we think about power and influence. We will consider traditional answers based on military might and examine how globalization, technology, ideology, and economic interdependence are changing the ways we should think about, well, everything.

After engaging in an analysis of power and influence in today’s world, we will consider a few particular individuals — some expected, others perhaps unexpected or even unknown — who are calling the shots in global affairs today. We’ll conclude with a detailed look at what their influence means for our global future.



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