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The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy: Realism and Liberal Internationalism after Trump

The election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency of the United States has called into question some of the assumptions that have guided U.S. foreign policy since the nation's victory in World War II. On the one hand, realists have pointed to Trump as the necessary outcome of a U.S. foreign policy that was overambitious and unattuned to the inability of great powers to remake the world in their image. On the other hand, liberal internationalists have argued that Trump's foreign policy signals a crisis in the so-called "liberal international order" that, they argue, has defined world politics since 1945. This roundtable will interrogate these claims and explore what, if anything, is salvageable from the various approaches to international relations that have dominated geopolitical thinking for decades.

Panelists will include:

Matthew Specter, Ph.D., Visiting Research Scholar, Center for International and Global Studies, Duke University, and Lecturer, Department of History, and Program in International Studies, UC Berkeley

Daniel Bessner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Affairs, University of Washington

Katharina Rietzler, Ph.D., Lecturer, History, University of Sussex

Alexandra Kemmerer, LLM, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Berlin Office, Max Planck Institute for Public Law (Heidelberg)