On Monday, May 14, the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center hosted a debate on the changing future of America’s global role at the George W. Bush Institute. This debate, convened by the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program and the Charles Koch Institute, in partnership with POLITICO, is the fourth in a series of thematic debates on America’s role in the world.
Hosted in cities around the United States, this series seeks to foster a vigorous, civil, and constructive national discussion on the future of American foreign policy. The Dallas debate addressed the nature of American interests in a globalized world, the role of values in U.S. foreign policy, and how the United States should focus its diplomatic military, and economic engagement in the 21st century.
Holly Kuzmich, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute and senior vice president at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, provided opening remarks.
Professor of Defense Analysis - Naval Postgraduate School
Associate Professor - Texas A&M University
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The French might have been presumptuous, or a bit too clever, in seeing Trump only as an opportunity. It comes with a cost. The cost being the division of Europe... [Trump's] clear favoritism [for nationalist-led countries like Poland, Hungary, and Italy can exacerbate divisions within Europe]... Macron wants to be a strong leader that Trump disagrees with but respects for being strong.