Episode 5,

America First

Lynne Olson, Stephen Kinder & Paul Miller

The “America First”  Edition of Truth Politics and Power explores what this policy means for the network of alliances, institutions and agreements that have supported US interests since the Second World War.

President Donald Trump transformed a campaign slogan into what he calls a new vision of America’s place in the world. The “America First”  Edition of Truth Politics and Power explores what this policy means for the network of alliances, institutions and agreements that have supported US interests since the Second World War. We also look back to the original America First movement, when Charles Lindbergh led the fight against American involvement before Pearl Harbor. And we revisit another crucial moment,  when Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain led the debate over an American overseas empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

 

Guests

Lynne Olson is the author of Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 and several other books that deal with the second world war. Olson is a former correspondent for AP and White House reporter for the Baltimore Sun.

http://www.lynneolson.com/america-first-bad-idea-now/

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-america-first-20170120-story.html

Stephen Kinzer is a Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University. He has also taught at Northwestern University and Boston University. He currently writes a column on World Affairs for the Boston Globe. Kinzer is the author of several books on U.S. foreign policy. He spent more than 20 years as a correspondent for the New York Times, mostly reporting from foreign bureaus.

 

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/11/23/trump-should-embrace-dual-conciliation-abroad/5iRuMZHABia78vUXYIVBLP/story.html

 

http://watson.brown.edu/people/visiting/kinzer

Paul Miller is the Associate Director of the Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft at The University of Texas at Austin. From 2007 – September 2009, Miller served on the National Security Council staff as Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was also a CIA analyst in the Office of South Asian Analysis, and served in Afghanistan as a military intelligence analyst with the U.S. Army. 

https://lbj.utexas.edu/directory/faculty/paul-miller

 

http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2017/02/former-national-security-council-member-paul-miller-compares-trump-and-obama-foreign-policies