#1 American Politics Since 9/11

November 5 and 12, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Stanley Katz, Ph.D., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

We will talk about the development of politics in the United States since the trauma of 9/11.  The larger narrative is one of continuing tension between localism/small government close to home and nationalism/internationalism and strong central government.  These issues were muddled in the odd circumstances and outcome of the 2000 election, and further confused by the circumstances of 9/11 and the Bush 43 response to the attacks.  The war of choice in Iraq proved to be an important turning point, one that is still influencing American politics.  And then we had the victory of Barrack Obama, which, combined with the Great Recession of 2009, produced another unusual context for political development.  And all of this gave way to the populist triumph of Donald Trump, with which the country is still struggling.  Is this really the end of globalism and U.S. world leadership, or is it a blip in the larger narrative?  Tune in to discuss!