YTN Event: Book Talk with Maya Kandel
On July 12, The German Marshall Fund of the United States hosts Maya Kandel, author of "The United States and the World." The discussion will be moderated by Martin Quencez, fellow and senior program officer in GMF's Paris office.
The election of Barack Obama and Donald Trump’s rise to the U.S. presidency alike have illustrated the disarray and doubts of Americans, symbolized a national identity crisis, and called into question the United States’ relationship to the world. These two elections convey the profound transformation of a country— from diplomatic dwarf in the beginning of the 19th century, to superpower by the end of the 20th century— whose global supremacy is increasingly contested, most notably by the rise of China. Trump, like Obama (and Washington, Wilson, Roosevelt, Kennedy or Nixon before them), is but the product of the singular history of the United States— the story of 13 colonies, in the name of “Manifest Destiny,” launching an attack upon a continent and, thereafter, the world, over the span of two centuries. Displaying the link between external actions and internal evolutions, while dissecting a certain number of myths including so-called isolationism, Maya Kandel offers a salutary renewed perspective, rethinking the history of American foreign policy since the birth of the United States.