Analysis & Opinions

Isolationism and the American Experience: Is the U.S. Destined to Retreat from the World?

| Oct. 01, 2020

Unilateralism and isolationism are making a comeback in the United States. Are Trump and his America First approach to the world a cause or a symptom? What are the ideological sources of the intimate connection between isolationism and the American experience? Will the COVID-19 pandemic undercut or deepen globalization? What impact will it have on U.S. grand strategy? The United States seems headed for an inevitable pullback of its global commitments. What should retrenchment look like? Can Americans find the middle ground between doing too much and doing too little?

Sascha Suhrke, Director, Head of Politics and Society, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Hamburg

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Founding Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA
Markus Kaim, Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin
Charles A. Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Ali Aslan, International TV Host and Journalist, Berlin

  – Via ZEIT-Stiftung.

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“Isolationism and the American Experience: Is the U.S. Destined to Retreat from the World?.” ZEIT-Stiftung, October 1, 2020.