RMSSP students discuss U.S. presidential election with journalist Dan Anýž


With the U.S. election less than a month away, this year's RMSSP students (Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program) had an opportunity to talk to journalist Dan Anýž, who has an extensive experience in covering the U.S. politics, currently writing for the Czech language edition of Newsweek.

One of the key take away lessons was that presidential elections are often expected to show US democracy at its finest, including the latest debates, yet the volatility of the international system (the rise of ISIS or Daesh, refugee crisis, belligerent Russia) has increasingly become connected with domestic problems (stagnation of living standards, lack of entrepreneurship, coping with consequences of 2008 financial crisis) and these changes illuminate important trends.

Even if Mr Trump never makes it into the White House, his phenomena is here to stay. It is a sign that "anti-establishment" politicians are gaining traction (not only in the US - think of Brexit, Five Star Movement in Italy or Podemos in Spain). The new politics, and strong rhetoric that accompanies it, gives rise to nationalist sentiments that view globalization in its current form with suspicion, to put it mildly. Consequently, the configuration of ideas such "globalization", "identity politics" or "universal interests" rooted in the post-1989 order is being challenged.

Although commentary about his rise is often treated as a one-off peculiarity, in a broader perspective it demonstrates that adjustments are needed to avoid unexpected surprises, and his ascendancy is certainly one of them.

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