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Ian Bremmer says the era of American global leadership is over with the election of Donald Trump. He makes the case for why and what comes next.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (Evan Vucci/AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Barack Obama looked to change the terms of American global leadership. Donald Trump may be lining up to end it. When his campaign battle cry of “America first” comes to the White House, the world will be on new terrain. Since World War II, the U.S. has championed a global order for stability and a specific set of values. Trump seems not to care. A lot of voters lined up with him. The world is watching, and already shifting in response. This hour On Point: A world without American global leadership. — Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, global political risk research and consulting firm. Author of the book, Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World. Foreign affairs columnist at Time Magazine. Global research professor at New York University. (@ianbremmer)

Douglas Alexander, former UK Shadow Foreign Minister from 2011-2015. Former British Labour Member of parliament. Senior fellow at Harvard's Future of Diplomacy Project. (@D_G_Alexander)

Ana Palacio, former Spanish foreign minister. Former senior vice president of the World Bank. Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the United States. (@anapalacio)

From Tom's Reading List

Time Magazine: The Era of American Global Leadership is Over. Here's What Comes Next — "As in the past, the day will be cold. Melania will hold the Bible. The kids will stand by proudly. The new President will recite his lines carefully, smile broadly and change history. And American international leadership, a constant since 1945, will end with the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump on Jan. 20, 2017."

The Washington Post: The Daily 202: Donald Trump embraces the risky 'Madman Theory' on foreign policy — "What alarms so many foreign policy greybeards is that Trump is a flame thrower, not a firefighter, by his very nature. Since Teddy Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending the Russo-Japanese War, every American president has prided himself on at least trying to defuse global tensions, not heighten them. As Billy Joel sang, we didn’t start the fire. We didn’t light it, but we try to fight it…"

The Atlantic: What's So Great About American World Leadership? — "How has America come to elect a president who so starkly repudiated decades’ worth of the largely bipartisan vision of U.S. global leadership? And if that vision won’t be the basis of American foreign policy in the 21st century, what will replace it?"

This program aired on December 21, 2016.

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