Inside a former nuclear missile silo in South Dakota, 2013

Key Issues in American Foreign Policy – From George Washington to „America First“ and Beyond

This talk examines America’s evolving role in the world from its early days to the present: George Washington’s Farewell Address and the Monroe Doctrine, US involvement in the World Wars, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. Finally, we will take a look at the present era starting with the 1990s “New World Order” and the post-9/11 “War on Terror” all the way to Trump’s “America First” slogan. Given the relative decline of American wealth, power, and respect in recent decades, the question today is: what lies beyond American global hegemony and what does it mean for the transatlantic relationship? As usual, political cartoons and satirical videos will help liven up the serious issues at hand.

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