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Making Sense of a Midterm Election: Liberal Order Rescued?

Dec 06, 2022 | 07:00 PM - 08:45 PM

Discussion (in German)

Midterms matter, to the US and, at least potentially, to the rest of the world. While the Republican Party has taken control of the House of Representatives, Democrats have retained the Senate. What do the midterms reveal about the trajectory of US democracy? Is their outcome a reaffirmation of liberal core values, norms, and institutions or just a prelude for continued democratic regress, especially given Trump‘s renewed candidacy? At what point would the US have abandoned liberal democracy? What is more, the midterms also have a potential impact on the current and future US foreign policy, although foreign policy concerns seem to have mattered little to the outcome: A divided Congress could impede the US engagement in Ukraine.

The panel will discuss the implications of the midterm elections for US politics and foreign policy, liberal democracy and the liberal international order. They will also explore how the outcome of the midterms could affect Europe, and Germany in particular. In the end, the question will be: Has the liberal order been saved by the election’s outcome?

Discussion (in German) with Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Thomas Risse, Johannes Thimm, Dominik Tolksdorf, and Sarah Bressan.

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Cordula Hamschmidt
Email: events@scripts-berlin.eu 

Time & Location

Dec 06, 2022 | 07:00 PM - 08:45 PM

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Gerichtsstraße 35, 13347 Berlin