2nd of September 2021, at 15.00-16.15 (EEST)
The United States and the international order it has traditionally propped up have faced tumultuous times in recent years. The Covid-19 pandemic is still causing disruptions around the world and the climate crisis is driving ever more destructive extreme weather events. The US, until recently the order’s putative leader, continues to grapple with the aftershocks of the Trump presidency both internally and in its foreign policy. Meanwhile, great-power competition is heating up in various theatres from Europe to the Indo-Pacific, not to mention in different domains, whether cyber, maritime or aerial. Against this backdrop, the 8th Helsinki Summer Session explores the future of international order at a time when the United States is debating and reassessing the parameters of its global engagement. This year’s panels bring together experts from the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific to cover a wide range of themes, including transatlantic trade and security relations, the developing order in the Indo-Pacific, climate politics, as well as the role of the US in Nordic security.
In 2020, climate change was an important issue in the presidential election for the first time in American history. On January 20th 2021 power exchanged hands in Washington and the United States undertook an immediate U-turn on climate issues. In his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden re-joined the Paris agreement, hosted a climate summit, pledged to cut American greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030 and introduced an infrastructure plan with a clear environmental focus. Will Biden be able to deliver on his promises? Are his plans ambitious enough to make a difference? How does Biden’s agenda stack up in comparison to other key players, and what has the international reaction been to US claims of climate leadership?
The recording of the webinar is available at FIIA’s youtube-channel: