US Trends That Matter For Europe

Documento de trabajo
26 febrero 2019 / nº 96/2019

US Trends That Matter For Europe

This Working Paper consists of a brief compilation of a diverse collection of material: the articles, presentations and videoconferences used during sessions of the “US Trends that matter for Europe” Working Group. Therefore, they should be taken more as matter for debate than as finished papers or final positions on any of the topics covered.

Our starting point was the observation that the international order, but also the political, social and economic order on a domestic level in the West are undergoing profound changes, some of which stem from the new social, political and economic situation in the United States. The world’s major power has become the epicentre of numerous transformations that have accelerated with the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House. The consolidation of a populist political narrative and the implementation of a series of highly disruptive policies in the international system are unequivocal signs of profound transformations rooted in changes that have been under way for years.

At the Fundación Alternativas’s Observatory of Foreign Policy (OPEX) we set out to coordinate a Working Group commissioned with the task of analysing those transformations and trends in the United States, primarily from a European standpoint. Our goal was to explore the new social, political, technological, economic and cultural trends that are going to shape thought and debate in Europe and the rest of the world on numerous and very diverse topics – from the new geopolitics to social breakdown; from globalisation and the technological shift to transatlantic relations; the crisis of the traditional political parties; robotization and digitalisation; migration flows, climate change and renewable energies; fake news and new media. Lastly, we tried to begin reflection with regard to Spanish and European political and social agents, drawing a prospective map of important changes that all of these trends are causing on both sides of the Atlantic.

The project included several work sessions at the Fundación Alternativas offices over the course of 2018. They were built around a short presentation, followed by a lively exchange of ideas. Numerous experts linked to the Fundación Alternativas, practitioners and guests from other prestigious Spanish and international institutions took part in the Working Group. To have them with us and be able to broadcast the sessions live to a wide audience, we also made use of Skype and social media.

The result, then, is a starting point rather than an end point: an initial cognitive map that will have to be continued and extended in the future. We have chosen to put into print and disseminate this material electronically thanks to the collaboration of the School of International Relations at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) and its Transatlantic Relations Initiative (TRI) led by Manuel Muñiz, Dean of IE School of Global and Public Affairs, to be more precise. Special thanks go to him and to Waya Quiviger, Executive Director of the TRI, for their collaboration in the completion of this project that we present jointly at the IE headquarters in Madrid.

Suscríbete a nuestra newsletter

La Fundación Alternativas elabora diferentes newsletter semanales, con información sobre las actividades, publicaciones y novedades de cada uno de los departamentos.

Rellena nuestro formulario para apuntarte a la lista general y recibir toda la información de la Fundación en tu correo, o elegir qué temas te interesan más.

Los campos con * son obligatorios
* Debes autorizar el tratamiento de tus datos personales seleccionando la casilla