The State of the US

Samantha Power in conversation with Áine Lawlor

Available now to watch online, or listen on the First Thought podcast.

How do we think about the domestic situation in the United States, and America’s role in the world in the lead-up to the November 2020 presidential election?

After the historic presidency of the country’s first black leader, his successor has taken the country in a radically different direction – and there is great uncertainty about what comes next, in the midst of a devastating pandemic, burgeoning movement for racial justice, and increasingly tense presidential campaign that many see as one of the most important in American history.

In this video, Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, Harvard professor, and US Ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama from 2013-2017, discusses the current state of America and her recent fascinating memoir, The Education of an Idealist, with Áine Lawlor, broadcaster and journalist.

Samantha Power and Áine Lawlor participated in this event via video.

Autumn 2020 First Thought Talks are now streaming on GIAF's First Thought podcast.

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