Summary of The Current US Political Moment
A Workshop at TED Summit 2016
The United States is undergoing a period of radical change; the government is playing catch up.
In this panel discussion from the 2016 TED Summit, Bruno Giussani, the European director of TED, moderates journalist Anand Giridharadas, political scientist Anne-Marie Slaughter and international affairs analyst Jonathan Tepperman as they discuss the contemporary political landscape in the United States. They deftly dissect the trends transforming American society and examine the issues at the forefront of the 2016 presidential election. Furthermore, they explore ways the United States could overcome its growing societal, economic and political divisions. Alas, the panelists all represent similar worldviews – namely, those of the American left – but thanks to a level of self-criticism seldom seen in political discussions, the speakers still manage to offer myriad enlightening insights. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this engaging analysis to all American voters and to people around the world concerned by the growing global divide between the political left and right.
In this summary, you will learn
- What issues and trends take center stage in the 2016 US presidential election,
- What risks exist for the spread of populism in the US, and
- What Americans can do to bridge the growing divide between the political left and right.
About the Speakers
Anand Giridharadas is a columnist at The New York Times and author of The True American and India Calling. Anne-Marie Slaughter was the first female director of policy planning for the US State Department and is now the CEO and president of the political think tank New America. Jonathan Tepperman is a political journalist and the managing editor of Foreign Affairs. Bruno Giussani is the European director of TED.
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