A grand new counter trend strategy for global order. Big foreign policy thinker Anne-Marie Slaughter says embrace connections not borders. Plus: A first-round look the results of the French presidential election.
Far right leader Marine Le Pen has made it to the final round of presidential voting in France, calling for tough borders and proud French nationalism. Donald Trump says “America First” and is pushing hard for money to start that wall. Once globalists ruled the roost. Now, nationalist voices are loud. How does that work in a hyper-networked world? American foreign policy big-foot Anne-Marie Slaughter is watching. She’s with us. This hour On Point: globalization and nationalism in a networked age. — Tom Ashbrook
Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America, a think tank. Author of the new book, “The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World.” Former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department. (@SlaughterAM)
From Tom’s Reading List
Foreign Affairs: How to Succeed in the Networked World -- "To see the international system as a web is to see a world not of states but of networks. It is the world of terrorism; of drug, arms, and human trafficking; of climate change and declining biodiversity; of water wars and food insecurity; of corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion; of pandemic disease carried by air, sea, and land. In short, it is the world of many of the most pressing twenty-first-century global threats."
New York Times: A New Rule Book for the Great Game — "The grand strategy she proposes is an international order based on three pillars: open society, open government and an open international system. Open versus closed, she declares, is the fault line of the digital age, the way capitalism versus Communism was in the last century. In the new order, in which competing states have been replaced by networks, openness means participation, transparency, autonomy and resistance to controls or limits on information."
The Economist: A consequential choice for France—and an uncertain one -- "France is not just deeply unhappy, it is at war with itself. The first round of the presidential election, on April 23rd, could send any two of four candidates into a run-off on May 7th. They range from the odious right to the vicious left, with two pro-market reformers in the middle. Seldom has a European democracy been so torn between progress and disaster."
This program aired on April 24, 2017.