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VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
SPEAKER: Robert Kagan
Author and Senior Fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institute
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The hours tick past and President Trump settles deeper into the seat of power. As the chaos of his first few days begins to subside, observers can pick through the mess and begin to see policies taking shape. And on this side of the pond, it is Trump’s foreign policy that is generating the most interest. Thus far he has been tough on Iran but friendly to Russia, Israel, the UK and Canada. He is exercising cautious telephone diplomacy while also making sweeping statements, such as his already-infamous travel ban. Meanwhile, his National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned after less than a month.
The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Robert Kagan, the American author, historian and foreign-policy commentator. Kagan quit the Republican Party in 2016 due to what he described as President Trump’s ‘facism’. A vocal opponent of Russia and China, Kagan has said that these regions do not ‘welcome the liberal West’s efforts to promote liberal politics around the globe, least of all in regions of strategic importance to them. … Unfortunately, al-Qaeda may not be the only challenge liberalism faces today, or even the greatest.’ Kagan will consider where President Trump might recognise threats and where he will be blinded by flattery, what might happen next and what it all might mean in terms of a wider ideology. Join us as he navigates through the twists and turns of contemporary Washington.
Robert Kagan is a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is a contributing columnist at the Washington Post. His most recent book is The New York Times bestseller, “The World America Made” (Knopf, 2012). Kagan serves as a member of the secretary of state’s foreign affairs policy board and is co-chairman of the bipartisan working group on Egypt. He served in the State Department from 1984 to 1988 as a member of the policy planning staff, as principal speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and as deputy for policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds a doctorate in American history from American University.