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How Does “America First” Affect Domestic Policy?


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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. But what are the domestic ramifications for the United States?

A panel will consider the local resonances of “America First,” addressing 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 using in response. Finally, they will reflect on 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, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State from 1994 to 2001
— Steve Hagerty, mayor of Evanston, Illinois
— 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

Moderated by Brian Hanson of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Held at Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd, Evanston.

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