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Is Toxic Partisanship Damaging America’s Role in the World?

7 November 2017 - 8:00am to 9:15am

Chatham House, London


Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center; US Representative for California's 36th Congressional District (1993-99)



For many Americans, party affiliation has become an all-encompassing form of identity that often outweighs the value of specific policies. According to a 2016 Pew study, US citizens view leaders and supporters of rival parties with more fear and contempt than at any time during the last 25 years.

Jane Harman will discuss the effect that these contrasting and powerful identities have on the effectiveness of the political establishment in the US. How does partisanship affect the major security challenges the US faces? Have party politics clouded the the various governments' to approach national and international security issues effectively and fairly? What mechanisms can be put in place to combat the negative effects of partisanship?

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule. 

This event is only open to Major Corporate Member and Partner organizations of Chatham House. If you would like to register your interest, please RSVP to Linda Bedford. We will contact you to confirm your attendance.