The Most Powerful People in the World

University of Pennsylvania

William Burke-White is a renowned professor at the University of Pennsylvania and served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2011 on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff. He has received the Levin Award and the Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching.


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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