NPR Specials: Jeffrey Sachs On America And A New World Order

Apr 17, 2017

This week on NPR Specials:

‘America first!’ Donald Trump hammered out this message over and again in his inauguration speech a week ago today. He promised tariffs, a crackdown on immigration, and a restoration of American military might. He entered the White House as the least popular incoming president in 40 years.

Not every liberal thinker, however, is in a state of despair. Jeffrey Sachs was recently ranked by The Economist as one of the world’s most influential political scientists. No Trump supporter himself, he explains why there may be silver linings to the Trump cloud, and is to set out a new world order.

Sachs argues that we are entering not a new tripolar world, dominated by the US, China and Russia, but what he calls ‘the World Century’, in which the rapid spread of technology and the sovereignty of nation states mean that no single country or region will dominate the world. For Sachs, the great foreign policy challenge will be to manage cooperation among regions, and face up to our common environmental and health crises. The idea that one place or people should have primacy over any other should be as antiquated as slavery or empire, and guard us against the senseless descent into violence.

Intelligence Squared UK: Jeffrey Sachs On America And A New World Order will air on Saturday, April 22nd at 19:00 and Monday, April 24th at 8:00.