Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) before forcing Davutoglu's resignation. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
On both sides of the Atlantic, foreign policy is at a crossroads. Donald Trump proposes America turn inward, forgoing free trade and pulling back from its longstanding alliances. Nationalists across Europe have proposed likewise. Both, however, are symptoms, not causes, of a larger problem.
That problem is a crisis of governance that has beset much of the West. In the United States, trust in government’s ability to solve problems has never been lower. Institutions that once enjoyed high public trust, from the Presidency and Congress to the news media, have been painstakingly delegitimized in recent years. The situation is no better in Europe, where enthusiasm for European solutions—as opposed to national solutions—has plummeted. Indeed, the looming Brexit vote may be followed by a string of similar referendums across Europe.
This absence of effective governance at the national and international level has serious consequences—a rise in nationalism, an ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, and nuclear proliferation offer just three examples. And yet, it also provides an opening for foreign policy solutions to be crafted at the subnational level. This is exactly what we’re seeing in cities across the globe—as noted by mayors Michael Bloomberg, Anne Hidalgo, and Eduardo Paes in one of this week’s reads.
This week’s reads portray how American and European leaders are responding to their common crisis in governance, as well as many of the challenges that have emerged as a result.
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Former Netanyahu foreign policy advisor Jonathan Schachter and Brookings’ Tamara Cofman Wittes join Deep Dish to examine how Israel’s foreign policy has changed and the way the country’s relationships will shape the future.
The Council's Sam Kling explains why the rising number of COVID-19 cases nationwide provides an opportunity to re-examine assumptions about the virus’s relationship to city life.
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The Igarapé Institute’s Ilona Szabó and the Financial Times' Andres Schipani join Deep Dish to examine the implications of social, political, and economic turmoil in South America’s largest economy.
University of Wisconsin-Madison historian Brenda Gayle Plummer joins Deep Dish to examine what the United States must learn from systemic racism's influence on our past in order to fix our foreign policy.
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Jamil Anderlini, the Financial Times’ Asia editor, and Kurt Tong, former US Consul General in Hong Kong, join Deep Dish to examine how Hong Kong might impact the US-China rivalry.