The United States and Europe: Coming Closer Together, or Parting Ways?
In the aftermath of World War II, the United States and Europe built, together, a liberal world order. Its hallmarks were representative democracy, free trade, and a rules-based international system. The liberal world order brought prosperity and stability, led by institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and NATO. In the past decade, however, power has shifted sharply eastward. China, India, and other Asian states are flexing new economic and military might. Political trends in many countries are moving toward authoritarianism. Western countries face challenges of globalization that include outsourcing of jobs, migration, terrorism, and populism in their domestic politics. Are these challenges, shared by the U.S. and Europe, bringing unity across the Atlantic? Or is the Transatlantic community fracturing, due to diverging views of the liberal world order, and contrasts in social cultures at home?
Optional Readings: A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order by Richard Haas. Penguin Press, 2017. ISBN: 987-0-399-562-36-5
The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-14087-104-18
Christopher Murray, ’75, recently concluded a 40-year career in the United States Foreign Service. His assignments included service as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo, Political Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander for NATO Forces in Europe, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels. He was also posted in Lebanon, Algeria, Syria, Tunisia, Jamaica, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His assignments at the State Department in Washington, DC, dealt with UN political affairs, non-proliferation, the Horn of Africa, and NATO. After graduating from Lawrence, Ambassador Murray received a J.D. from Cornell Law School. He resides in Brussels, Belgium.