The panel discussed whether, under President Trump, the US appears to be withdrawing from its historical role as the underwriter of the post-war liberal consensus in favour of defining the world as one where the US must and will compete.

The Hon Mary Beth Long, Co-founder and Principal, Global Alliance Advisors, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, US (2007–09)
Alan Wm. Wolff, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization
Baroness Manningham-Buller, Co-president, Chatham House
Chair: Stephen Sackur, Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC

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Overview

The panel discussed whether, under President Trump, the US appears to be withdrawing from its historical role as the underwriter of the post-war liberal consensus in favour of defining the world as one where the US must and will compete against others, including allies, for national advantage.

It was argued that President Trump is often seen as a "catalyst of change" but the reality is that he is in fact a reflection of what is happening economically, and that there is a growing sense that the US is finished with paying for the security of the global community - now seen as a "burden".

More information at Plenary Session One: America First, America Alone: The End of World Order?