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Published on: August 25, 2015
Episode 81: What Trumps Trump’s Policy and Should America Abdicate?

Relevant Reading:

Should America Power Down?
Thomas Wright

America Needs Better, Classier Immigration Reformers
Nicholas M. Gallagher

Good evening, listeners! This week host Richard Aldous speaks with two excellent guests, first discussing a reexamination of America’s role in the world before moving on to the state of the immigration debate in the run-up to next year’s election and—who else?—Donald Trump.

Thomas Wright, fellow and director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution, discusses Ian Bremmer’s new book Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, and cautions that stepping down as the world’s dominant power is not a sound strategy.

Then our own TAI staff writer Nicholas Gallagher describes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration policy as perhaps the most aggressively restrictionist immigration policy proposal since the progressive era. He takes us through what his proposal entails and explains why the country needs a higher quality debate.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow our host Richard Aldous @RJAldous, Thomas Wright @thomaswright08, and Nicholas Gallagher @ngallagherAI on Twitter.

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