The Big Debate: The Wild West... Boom or Bust?
Chair: Mark Lawson
The arrival of President Trump and the threat of Europe's so-called alt-right are already having far-reaching implications around the world. Our panel of experts assess whether Trump's America will be a gun-slinging new version of The Wild West - a 'boom or bust' era - and analyse the likely consequences of US foreign policy for the rest of us. Join us as we reflect on the West's future.
Writer and broadcaster Mark Lawson leads the debate with journalist and author Anne Applebaum, editor of Standpoint Daniel Johnson, economist Ken Rogoff, and Times columnist and critic Ann Treneman.
In association with Standpoint Magazine.
Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and the Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute. She is the author of several books, including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and Iron Curtain, which won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature. She has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and has lectured at many other universities, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, Humboldt (Berlin) Zurich and Heidelberg.
Daniel Johnson is founding editor of Standpoint magazine, which he launched in 2008. He made his name as a journalist covering the fall of the Berlin Wall, as German correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. He has been leader writer for both The Times and The Telegraph, as well as literary editor and associate editor for The Times.
Ann Treneman is an American journalist, author and chief theatre critic of The Times, having been the parliamentary sketchwriter for the previous 12 years. She appears regularly at literary festivals and other events, and has also written occasional pieces for magazines such as Vogue.
Professor Peter Trubowitz is Department Head of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs. His publications include Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft (Princeton University Press, 2011) and Defining the National Interest: Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy (University of Chicago Press, 1998), as well as articles in scholarly journals such as International Security, International Studies Quarterly, and Political Science Quarterly and more popular venues like Foreign Affairs, International Herald Tribune, and The National Interest.
Mark Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. Specialising in culture and the arts, he is best known for presenting the flagship BBC Radio 4 arts programme, Front Row, between 1998 and 2014. A Guardian columnist, he now presents Mark Lawson Talks To... on BBC Four and The Allegations is his acclaimed new novel.