Democracy, Populism, & Domestic Politics, Diplomacy, International Relations A UPenn conference shows where Democratic and GOP visions of global order could meet

September 28, 2018
By Trudy Rubin | The Philadelphia Inquirer

This was a heavy-duty week for introspection about America's  painful internal divisions.

The Kavanaugh hearing laid bare the ugly political partisanship that threatens the reputation of the U.S. Supreme Court.

And a high-powered colloquium at the University of Pennsylvania — featuring former Vice President Joe Biden, along with former National Security Advisers Susan Rice and H.R. McMaster — exposed the competing visions of the future global order pursued by the Obama and Trump White Houses.

Yet the intense discussions at Perry World House, UPenn's new foreign-policy center, laid bare something intriguing: that the supposed zero-sum war between America Firsters and so-called globalists is a vast exaggeration promoted by President Trump and alt-right ideologues. With a less divisive president, centrist Democrats and Republicans could find common ground on many key international issues, including the necessary role of alliances and multinational organizations.

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