In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today. Lead by volunteer moderators, participants will engage in moderated discussions with their fellow citizens. This year’s topics will include The Waning of Pax Americana, Russia’s Foreign Policy, China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation, Media and Foreign Policy, Turkey: A Partner in Crisis, U.S. Global Engagement and the Military, South Africa’s Fragile Democracy, and Global Health: Progress and Challenges.
This week’s topic is The Waning of Pax Americana. During the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. began a historic shift away from Pax Americana, the liberal international order that was established in the wake of World War II. Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism is the order of the day. Geopolitical allies and challengers alike are paying close attention.
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, January 30 – March 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Scholarships available.