Journalist Indira Lakshmanan is the Moderator; you may have seen her on CNN. She did a masterful job, including tactfully reining in one of the male presenters who lapsed into mansplaining. He happened to be on a panel with four extremely competent female presenters when he launched into a long and convoluted reflection that seemed to have no end. The audience grew restive. I was moved to wonder whether women — contrary to stereotypes — simply have less of a need to fill any available airspace with words.
Here were the topics for the day:
Nationalism, Populism in the U.S. and Their Impact on American Foreign Policy.
Open Versus Closed Europe? The New Cultural Divide within the European Union.
Politics, Nationalism and their Impact on U.S. China Relations and China’s Role in World Affairs.
Sovereigny, Solidarity, and New Rules for a Changing Global Economy.
The Importance of Mulitilateral Frameworks and Mechanisms for Addressing Threats Against the United States.
The “3Geos” Reshaping our World.
That last was presented by Cleo Paskal, a Canadian Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. She is an expert on how geography and the environment affect geopolitical affairs. Her simple but memorable phrase: “We build into the environment that is already there.” This young woman is one smart cookie, and a great presenter. I found her perspective fascinating and fresh.
The other compelling presentation for me asked the question of whether we are near the end of the populist turbulence that culminated in Trump, or near the beginning. The expert view point, alas, was the latter.
Sunday morning is the end of the Conference. I’ll be at Paul and Jeanne’s for the afternoon, when Jerry and Paul’s sister Amy and her husband Will are coming for dinner, and then on Monday we are driving to Boston.