Date(s) - 05/15/18
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Jake Sullivan, Former Director of Policy Planning, US Department of State; Senior Fellow, Geoeconomics and Strategy Program, Carnegie Endowment. Moderated by Tom Wyler, Senior Vice President, Global Strategy.
Where is American foreign policy heading? Jake Sullivan, former director of policy planning at the US Department of State, argues that the current administration is departing from core principles that have underpinned US foreign policy for decades—the importance of alliances, the role of values, and a broader commitment to leadership based on positive sum logic. Instead, the US has become increasingly transactional, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and TPP, and casting doubt over the Iran Nuclear Deal and NAFTA. This shift, Sullivan contends, is not just about Trump, but about a broader national debate on the future of American foreign policy — and the impact of US foreign policy decisions on the American middle class. What should we make of America First? And what is an alternative vision that is effectively matched to the needs and realities of the moment?
Former Director of Policy Planning, US Department of State; Senior Fellow, Geoeconomics and Strategy Program, Carnegie Endowment
Jake Sullivan is a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Geoeconomics and Strategy Program and a Martin R. Flug visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School. He served in the Obama administration as national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and director of policy planning at the US Department of State, as well as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sullivan was the senior policy adviser on Secretary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and previously served as deputy policy director on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential primary campaign. He also served as a member of the debate preparation team for Barack Obama’s general election campaign. Sullivan holds a BA and JD from Yale and an MPhil from Oxford.
Senior Vice President, Global Strategy
Tom Wyler is the senior vice president for global strategy at PSP Capital. He previously served as counselor to Secretary Pritzker and senior advisor for international economics in the US Department of Commerce. Prior to joining the Obama administration, he was an attorney with Debevoise & Plimpton. Wyler is currently a non-resident fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.