The Worst Things of 2016

Donald Trump became president, Russia hacked the U.S. elections, and Europe may have unraveled. But what else awful happened in 2016?

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."
On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

On this week’s episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf, Julia Ioffe, Kori Schake, and Keith Johnson go around the table and fondly reminisce about the tumultuous events of 2016.

The panel dives right into the Trump transition appointments — Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security advisor, and Steve Bannon as chief strategist. Could it get any worse?

Yup. Not only is there Brexit, the collapse of European governance, the rise of the alt-right worldwide, and Russia’s return to Cold War strategic games — but the brutal crushing of Aleppo and the dire humanitarian crisis tops the list. And what about South Sudan, Yemen, global warming, and the collapse of Venezuela? It’s been a rough year.

But if you need a bit of cheering up, tune in next week for the 10 best things that happened in 2016.

Julia Ioffe is a Voices columnist at FP and a contributing writer for Highline. She will also be joining The Atlantic in January. Follow her on Twitter at: @juliaioffe.

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she focuses on military history, and a former foreign-policy advisor to Sen. John McCain. Follow her on Twitter at: @KoriSchake.

Keith Johnson is FP’s deputy managing editor for news. Follow him on Twitter at: @KFJ_FP.

David Rothkopf is the CEO and editor of the FP Group. Follow him on Twitter at: @djrothkopf.

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