RAI–Miller Center joint workshop: The Future of America in the World

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American Democracy is faced with enormous challenges at home and abroad – at a time when a sharply divided nation struggles to reach a national consensus over how these problems should be resolved. As these political battles play out, all eyes are focused on an historically iconoclastic president. While campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump promised to be a disrupter – to “shake up” American politics and policy – both at home and abroad. The sessions will examine and assess the high-stakes battles in domestic and foreign policy as we approach the American mid-term elections. How has the Trump White House – and the powerful domestic and international forces that roil the country – affected American politics and government? From NAFTA to TPP, what are the effects of a Trump presidency on global trade? What is America’s role in a changing international landscape?

Panelists from the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and the Rothermere American Institute will consider these and related questions. Prepared remarks will be followed by questions from the floor.


10.30am - 12.00pm

Formenting and Navigating Partisan Polarization

Chair: Desmond King, Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government, Nuffield College, University of Oxford


Christopher Lu, Senior Fellow, Miller Center, University of Virginia; Former Deputy Director of Labor, Obama Administration

Ursula Hackett, Lecturer in Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London

Nadia Hilliard, Lecturer in US Studies at the Institute of the Americas, University College London

Sidney M. Milkis, White Burkett Miller Professor and Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Virginia

12.00pm - 12.30pm LUNCH
12.30pm - 2.00pm

Disrupting Alliances and World Trade

Chair: Halbert Jones, Director, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford


William Antholis, Director and CEO, Miller Center, University of Virginia

Maya Kornberg, DPhil Candidate, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Trevor McCrisken, Associate Professor, US Politics & International Relations, University of Warwick; RAI Associate Visiting Research Fellow

John Negroponte, James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor, Miller Center, University of Virginia