The Illusion of America First
Foreign Policy Forum
The world stands at a hinge moment in history, says William Drozdiak, a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at The Brookings Institution. In this lecture, Drozdiak will discuss the weakening of the Pax Americana that has managed global security and world trade for seven decades, the recent rise of populist nationalism in Europe, and new threats to the European Union's coherence. But the focus of this talk is the United States, where President Donald Trump has vowed to place American interests above all else. Nearly a century ago, the America First movement imposed harsh curbs on immigration, fostered the spread of global protectionism, and stood aside while fascism destroyed Europe. Will Trump’s reincarnation of America First lead the world down a similarly disastrous path? This lecture is drawn from Drozdiak's forthcoming book, Fractured Continent: Europe's Crises and the Fate of the West, which will be published in the United States and Europe on September 11th.
William Drozdiak is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at The Brookings Institution and Senior Advisor for Europe with McLarty Associates. He served for ten years as president of the American Council on Germany (ACG), and was the founding executive director of the Transatlantic Center in Brussels, Belgium, created in 2001 by the German Marshall Fund. Drozdiak also worked for two decades as senior editor and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, and has written extensively about international relations for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy Magazine, Newsweek, and the Financial Times.
Generously supported by Daimler-Fonds
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