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How Does “America First” Affect Domestic Policy?

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Central

Where: Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Ariel Schwartz   (847) 491-4481

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy approach has prioritized American nationalism and insularity to the detriment of global interconnectivity. This attitude stresses withdrawal from transnational partnerships and the construction of political, economic, and physical barriers. What, then, are the domestic ramifications for the United States? In what ways has the administration’s stance on international relations resonated at local levels?

Considering the local resonances of “America First,” panelists will address how their respective institutions are contending with major issues such as education, immigration and sanctuary cities, and trade and employment. They will also speak about the tools, resources, and strategies they are employing in response. Finally, they will reflect upon the political climate created by “America First” and the possibilities for constructive engagement and future pathways.

Panelists include:

— Strobe Talbott, Buffett Institute Distinguished Visitor, past president of the Brookings Institution, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State from 1994 to 2001
— Chloe Thurston (political science), whose research interests are in American political development with a focus on social policy, organized interests and social movements, and historical analysis
— Steve Hagerty, mayor of the city of Evanston

Moderated by Brian Hanson of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

About the Distinguished Visitors Program
From senior government leaders to heads of nonprofits and international institutions, Distinguished Visitors bring their global experiences and insights to the Northwestern community, enriching learning and enhancing research across campus.

The Distinguished Visitors Program establishes new partnerships between Northwestern and international organizations, strengthens existing partnerships, and provides Northwestern students and faculty opportunities to interact with, and learn from, prominent global leaders.

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