Catharsis, Episode 2: Interview — Jeffery Sachs

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Hi everyone,
Here’s the second episode of Catharsis, my interview with Jeffrey Sachs about his book: A New Foreign Policy – Beyond American Exceptionalism.

President Trump and French President Macron at Hôtel national des Invalides in July of 2017, commemorating Bastille Day (French National Day), as well as the 100th anniversary of the American troops joining World War I with the allies in France; photo courtesy US Embassy, France.

Part of the interview was edited for publication at VICE, you can find that article here.

Thanks for listening, more to come.

About Jeffery Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor at Columbia University and serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He is a New York Times best-selling author, and his Columbia University Press books include The Age of Sustainable Development (2015) and Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable (2017).

A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism

via Columbia University Press

The American Century began in 1941 and ended on January 20, 2017. While the United States remains a military giant and is still an economic powerhouse, it no longer dominates the world economy or geopolitics as it once did. The current turn toward nationalism and “America first” unilateralism in foreign policy will not make America great. Instead, it represents the abdication of our responsibilities in the face of severe environmental threats, political upheaval, mass migration, and other global challenges.

In this incisive and forceful book, Jeffrey D. Sachs provides the blueprint for a new foreign policy that embraces global cooperation, international law, and aspirations for worldwide prosperity—not nationalism and gauzy dreams of past glory. He argues that America’s approach to the world must shift from military might and wars of choice to a commitment to shared objectives of sustainable development. Our pursuit of primacy has embroiled us in unwise and unwinnable wars, and it is time to shift from making war to making peace and time to embrace the opportunities that international cooperation offers. A New Foreign Policy explores both the danger of the “America first” mindset and the possibilities for a new way forward, proposing timely and achievable plans to foster global economic growth, reconfigure the United Nations for the twenty-first century, and build a multipolar world that is prosperous, peaceful, fair, and resilient.

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