America Under Trump
Dr Paul Stares, General John W Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention; Director, Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
Dr Jacob Parakilas, Deputy Head, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House
Dr Emily Charnock, Keasbey Research Fellow in American Studies, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge; Lecturer, American Studies, University of Cambridge
Chair: Professor Peter Trubowitz, Director, United States Centre, LSE; Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House
At the start of his presidential term, Donald Trump promised to upend America’s postwar trade policy, demand more of its allies, and do less in the world. One year on and these claims have materialized into calls to renegotiate NAFTA, withdrawing from the TPP, leaving the Paris climate agreement and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This comes at a time when the liberal international order is under great pressure from revisionist states, turmoil in the Middle East, North Korean nuclear ambitions, and the aftershocks of the global financial crisis. What have we learned from the Trump administration’s actions during his first year in charge and what be expected from year two?
Our panel will analyse the current administration and its national and international impact so far. What are the major challenges for Trump’s presidency and how best can the US prepare for them? In addition, our panel will explore some ideas for preserving the global liberal order and protecting America’s position therein. Can systematic efforts to reduce the demand for hegemonic US power work to even out the international status quo?