Foreign Affairs magazine managing editor Jonathan Tepperman visited the Council on September 27 to discuss foreign policy lessons for the next president. He sat down with us one-on-one to describe the biggest foreign policy issue challenge on the horizon.
"When the next president sits down at her or his desk in late January, he or she is going to find not one problem at the top of the list but a long list of critical, pressing problems, all of which have basically the same level of urgency. And she or he is going to need to tackle them at the same time. They're... we're going to need to do a lot of things on an individual basis, but if I were to describe the problem as a whole, I would say it this way: The United States helped create a global order after the end of the second World War, which was based on rules, which was based on liberal capitalism, and was based as much as possible on democracy and collaborative problem-solving. That order is under threat today from countries like Russia, which seek to undermine it; from countries like China, which seek to rewrite the rules; and from non-state actors like ISIS, which seek to destroy them entirely. The United States is going to need... need to do everything that it can to buttress that order while bringing more countries in and making sure that the ones that seeks to undermine it are kept in, kept in their box and that the harm that they can do is as limited as possible."