Two authoritarian powers, one in Europe and the other in Asia, are determined to overturn the global order. Both are resentful towards the Western democracies and believe the international system is rigged against them. With war already raging in Europe, the situation in Asia is increasingly precarious. The world stands on the brink of a great power conflict.

This was the situation in December 1941. Join Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman, authors of Hitler’s American Gamble, to discuss what policymakers today can learn from the world of 1941.

Dr Charlie Laderman is a senior lecturer in international history at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London, and a visiting research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His first book, ‘Sharing the Burden’ (Oxford University Press, 2019), was awarded the 2021 H. Wayne Morgan Prize in Political History of the United States (1865-1920). He is the co-author, with Brendan Simms, of ‘Hitler’s American Gamble: Pearl Harbor and Germany’s March to Global War’ (Basic Books, 2021).

Professor Brendan Simms is Director of the Centre for Geopolitics and author of several works on military history including ‘The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo’ and ‘The Silver Waterfall: How America Won the War in the Pacific at Midway’.