When Joe Biden was elected President, many people around the world breathed a sigh of relief. U.S foreign policy would return to its postwar norms after four disruptive years of Donald Trump. But has the Biden administration really returned to familiar patterns? The picture is mixed. This seminar will explore how the world today is quite different from the years pre-Trump. There is no going back to earlier times of a unipolar world in which U.S. leadership was a given. Globalization and polarized politics in the U.S. have taken care of that. Seminar discussions will address U.S. ties with Europe, the many ambitions of China, immigration, the climate crisis, and Covid-19. The seminar will also take up the nature of Presidential leadership, the post World War II liberal world order, and how the Biden foreign policy has been aimed at the American middle class.
Optional Reading: A Democratic Foreign Policy: Regaining American Influence Abroad. Richard Ned Lebow, Palgrave MacMillan, 2019. (ISBN: 978-3030215187)
Christopher Murray ’75 served for 40 years as a diplomat with the United States Department of State. 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, D.C., 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.