Campaign 2012: America’s Role in the World
Despite America’s longstanding status as the world’s only superpower, rapid globalization and new global security threats have raised questions about America’s role in the international order. The U.S. must contend with the rise of strong economic actors like China and Brazil, while volatile regions like the Middle East and the Korean peninsula remain dependent on America’s international security presence. The next president will have to manage these dual realities while protecting American interests at home and abroad.
On May 25, the Campaign 2012 project at Brookings held a discussion on America’s role in the world, the sixth in a series of forums that identify and address the 12 most critical issues facing the next president. Deputy White House Editor Edward-Isaac Dovere of POLITICO moderated a panel discussion with Brookings experts Bruce Jones, Strobe Talbott and Homi Kharas, who presented recommendations to the next president.
After the program, panelists took questions from the audience.
Download papers from the event:
- Reviving American Leadership: The Next President Should Continue on the Path Obama Has Set, by Bruce Jones, Thomas Wright, and Jane Esberg
- It’s the Climate, Stupid!, by Strobe Talbott and John-Michael Arnold
- Less Agreement Than Meets the Eye, by Homi Kharas
Campaign 2012: Twelve Independent Ideas for Improving American Public Policy is an indispensable guide to the key questions facing White House hopefuls in 2012.
Deputy White House Editor - POLITICO
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[Nikki Haley] would make speeches that bore little or no relation to Trump’s position.
People are afraid of [Mr. Trump] because he’s got a lot of power but they are also wise to the act because they find him ridiculous...Some of them thought they could flatter him, but during the past few months European and Asian leaders have realized that isn’t enough to get substantial concessions and now they are looking for leverage.
Most presidents would outline a plan to deal with Iran after the nuclear deal, or to transform NATO to cope with the threat from authoritarian states, or to resolve the trade war...But Trump is not one for detail or course correction. In his world, there was a problem, so he did something quickly. And now it’s solved. To say anything else is to suggest the unthinkable — that he is not a magician.