It feels like the world is in a state of constant upheaval, and maybe it’s time to start connecting the global dots.
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
On this week’s episode of The E.R., FP’s David Rothkopf, Seyward Darby, Rosa Brooks, and Kori Schake attempt to make sense of the recent eruptions of chaos and disorder that seem to becoming the global norm. Do Brexit, Turkey, and the tenor of the U.S. presidential election signal a worldwide and worrisome shift?
The panel digs deep into the idea of democracy, specifically in Turkey with the recent attempted coup and purge, and its moral implications. How should citizens handle a democratically elected leader who is undermining, even threatening, their country’s democratic order? And what options do they have other than staging a coup? The panel also examines the implications of the attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside of Turkey. With that country in a state of disarray, and Erdogan behaving badly, can NATO legally take action to remove Turkey as one of its members?
And finally the panel sets its sights on a timely and perplexing question regarding America’s political future: the state of the Republican Party. With Donald Trump receiving the official nomination from the GOP this week, the panel wonders what’s next for the party of Abraham Lincoln. The Trump campaign has pushed some of the country’s underlying tensions to the surface — like intolerance, racism, and misogyny — tensions that politicians and the political elite have been brushing under the rug of American politics for years. Even if Trump isn’t the sole catalyst, he’s certainly fueling the fire. But will bringing these issues to the national stage ultimately help heal the United States as a nation or do irreparable harm?