Has America lost its preeminent place in the world? Emerging from World War II as the first among equals, the United States became the architect and leader of a series of overlapping international alliances and agreements that relied on cooperation to seed the unrivaled progress and prosperity of the post-war era. But the popular platform of “America First,” which propelled President Trump to victory and symbolized his world view, has effectively shattered that bipartisan foreign policy consensus.

After Mr. Trump shredded some international pacts and withdrew from others entirely, the U.S.’s dominant role as a global leader is vanishing. Now three renowned experts on international affairs discuss America’s standing in the world and the impact of President Trump’s relegation of the country’s traditional allies and alliances. In the face of the country’s most consequential foreign policy election in the post-war era, the trio of preeminent panelists also will debate how to project American power and how to protect the country from foreign threats.


  • Madeleine Albright, first female U.S. secretary of state
  • Chris Murphy, U.S. senator
  • Wendy Sherman, professor and diplomat

Originally aired Saturday, September 12, 2020 on CPTV.

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