For the first time in the post-war era, the bipartisan consensus in American foreign policy around the broad parameters of "pragmatic internationalism" is in serious doubt. This consensus views the sustained deployment of U.S. power around the world as indispensable for managing an international system which promotes peace and stability through greater integration and interconnection.

In addition, this bipartisan consensus assumed a linkage between the promotion of American interests and American values, especially in the fields of democracy and human rights. Donald Trump's election has marked the first time in the modern era that a U.S. President does not automatically share those assumptions. The 2016 campaign also revealed the extent to which the narrative that sustains "pragmatic internationalism" has collapsed for a significant portion of the American electorate. Meanwhile, other world powers are stepping in to fill the vacuum.

In this context, Carnegie Council's U.S Global Engagement program (USGE) seeks to:

1. Reshape wider discussions on American foreign policy to seriously address the causes and consequences of U.S. disengagement;

2. Move ethical considerations to the center of policymakers' thinking about international relations;

3. Inform democratic citizens' understanding of international affairs, global engagement, and U.S. foreign policymaking;

4. Continue USGE's investigations into Russian influence in Europe.

USGE gratefully acknowledges the support for its work from the following:

  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Rockefeller Family & Associates
  • Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations