Oct. 9, 2020

A recent conversation between Andrew Moravcsik, Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University (LISD) and Professor of Politics and International Affairs, and Harold James, the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies and Professor of History and International Affairs, on the "Effects of the American Presidential Election on European Politics" presented arguments against the common perception that the 2020 US election matters greatly for the substance of transatlantic policy cooperation. The discussion was moderated by Professor John Borneman, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society.

The conversation explored the contradiction in President Trump spouting fiery rhetoric, but pursuing bipartisan policies on concrete issues like NATO, high tech services exports, Chinese trade in sensitive goods, trade in aircraft and steel, Russia and Ukraine. Some fear that if President Trump is reelected, he would encourage and support extreme right parties in Europe, thus bolstering their electoral chances. To this point, Moravcsik noted, “Over the past two decades, more scholarly articles and journalistic stories have been written about extreme-right parties in Europe than all others combined—yet such parties wield surprisingly little influence.”   

The conversation can be viewed publicly through the University Media Center