Can we hold on to these little bits of optimism as the Trump administration takes us into a turbulent, unprecedented future?
- 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., David Rothkopf, Kori Schake, Julia Ioffe, and Susan Hennessey debate whether there’s any hope and optimism left in these trying times. While Donald Trump’s domestic policy is worrisome, can we take comfort in knowing the president can’t completely dominate global politics? International checks and balances such as the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, and other allies will likely step in if the White House tries anything truly outrageous. But is that enough?
And speaking of light at the end of the tunnel, it seems that people in the United States have suddenly been activated. Protestors are showing up in record numbers at airports, in large cities, and at monuments, demanding action by the federal government. And it seems to (somewhat) be working. The other tiny comforts we can bathe in? Rational leaders such as Secretary of Defense James Mattis, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Perhaps even more important is that dirty word everyone outside Washington loves to hate: the bureaucracy.