What Sanders would mean for transatlantic cooperation
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About the Event
Toward an international leftist foreign policy: What a Sanders Presidency would mean for transatlantic cooperation
- Lia Becker (Die LINKE, adviser to Bernd Riexinger)
- Ingar Solty (rosa luxemburg stiftung, author "Die USA unter Obama: Charismatische Herrschaft, soziale Bewegungen und imperiale Politik in der globalen Krise")
- Victor Grossman (US-American journalist and activist)
Chair: Ted Knudsen ( Dahrendorf Forum, Hertie School; Germany for Bernie )
With the US Democratic Party primary contest entering its crucial weeks in early March, Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders has emerged as the unlikely frontrunner. Given the vast foreign policy leeway the American president possesses, a leftist occupant of the White House has the potential to fundamentally realign the United States’ role in the world. A Sanders Presidency offers the chance for the US shift the basis of its relations with Europe away from free trade and mutual defence, focussing instead on diffusing tensions with China, combating climate change, and protecting human rights.
This panel will discuss the philosophy behind Sanders’ foreign policy views, its relation to the history of US foreign policy, and the potential for international leftist cooperation. Which components of the existing transatlantic relationship will Sanders look to alter, and which are unlikely to change? Can a left-wing president reverse the US’ increasingly adversarial stance toward China? What are the prospects for the US and Europe to work together toward a comprehensive and effective Green New Deal?