9 Dec. 2016

A Trump World Order?

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With Medea Benjamin, Vijay Prashad, Jillian Schwedler, and Ingar Solty
When: Friday, December 9, 2016
4-7pm, with reception following
Where: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor, NY
Free and open to the public. RSVP here.
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Donald Trump’s shocking election victory presents itself not only as a national catastrophe for the American people, but as a threat to the entire globe. On December 9, RLS–NYC will host a panel discussion on future President Trump’s impact in the global arena. Focusing on different regions, we will look at what to expect in terms of strategic alliances, shifting partnerships, conflict resolution, multilateralism, environmental policies, and more.
All around the globe, the news of Trump’s triumph has provoked distress. While Trump’s views on foreign policy are usually described as ill-informed and plagued with contradictions, he has consistently supported a global role for the United States completely different from the bipartisan consensus that has dominated US foreign policy for at least 60 years.
This panel will bring together international and American experts who will try to explain how the new administration might reshape the current world order, and what the progressive global community should expect in coming years.
Medea Benjamin will lead the discussion, providing an overview on the potentially radical shifts expected in US foreign policy. Ingar Solty will then discuss impacts on Europe. Jillian Schwedler will tackle the challenges facing the Middle East under this new administration, and Vijay Prashad will close by analyzing the implications of a Trump presidency for the global South. Afterwards, the speakers will sit together for a more open-ended discussion of US foreign policy under Trump.
Triggered by the unpredictability of a Trump administration, this event will seek to offer a peek toward the deeply difficult years ahead of us. It will also try to provide tools to help us make sense of the world we live in and to understand how the struggle for a new system of global governance is more relevant today than ever.
Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She is the author of the RLS–NYC report War on Demand: The Global Rise of Drones.
Vijay Prashad is a professor of South Asian History at Trinity College, Connecticut. He is the author of a number of books, as well as of the RLS–NYC study, Neoliberalism with Southern Characteristics: The Rise of the BRICS.
Jillian Schwedler is a professor of political science at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center. She is a member of the editorial committee of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), publishers of the quarterly Middle East Report.
Ingar Solty, of RLS’s Institute for Critical Social Analysis in Berlin, focuses on peace and security issues. His article on the Quebec student strike, Canada’s “Maple Spring”, is available on the RLS–NYC website.
Free and open to the public. RSVP here.