The London Conference
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Plenary Session One: America First, America Alone: The End of World Order?

Monday 23 October, 1045 – 1145

Under President Trump, the US has withdrawn from its historical role as the underwriter of the post-war liberal consensus. Instead, the current administration has chosen to define the world as an arena where players engage and compete for national advantage. This amounts to a strategic shift in world order – away from a ‘global community’, towards a national, ‘Me First’ brand of international affairs.

Does this Trump worldview mean the death of the post-war liberal consensus? Or should it be defended? Is there any value to a more adversarial, interests-based order?



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