The Makings of a Progressive Foreign Policy: A Debate Waiting to Happen

Highlights for February 4th

Cover of the publication Ante Los Bárbaros . Illustration by Colombian writer José María Vargas Vila, 1930. Credit: Internet Archive

American dominion over most of the globe has been a fact of life for many decades. The price in blood and treasure, both abroad and at home, has been ghastly. Yet for some time now, even as the forces of progressive reform have grown at an astonishing rate, the new left as a whole, pre-occupied with domestic political issues, has failed to offer an alternative vision of a left foreign policy. Aziz Rana does that in the winter 2019 issue of New Labor Forum. Along the way, he urges the left to break through the artificial division between domestic and foreign affairs, arguing, as did social democrats of yesteryear, that the dominion of capital at home depends on its political and economic over-lordship throughout the rest of the world. The material well-being and freedom of working people everywhere are organically linked, and that must inform the way a progressive America behaves abroad. Aziz Rana will be speaking at a forum organized by the journal at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies on March 1st. Please join us for this important discussion. Included here, you will also find a thoughtful article titled “America Needs an Entirely New Foreign Policy for the Trump Age” by Peter Beinart, who argues that, since the end of the Cold War, U.S. presidents of both parties have upheld a commitment U.S. global domination, which is both immoral and increasingly unsustainable.

Table of Contents

  1. Renewing working-class internationalism/ Aziz Rana, New Labor Forum
  2. America Needs an Entirely New Foreign Policy for the Trump Age/ Peter Beinart, The Atlantic
  3. The Making of a Progressive Foreign Policy/ The Murphy Institute, CUNY SLU

Renewing working-class internationalism

By Aziz Rana/ New Labor Forum
Trump’s 2016 victory has generated a growing internal debate within left-leaning circles about the future direction of the Democratic Party. To date, this debate has overwhelmingly focused on domestic questions of the economy, with the Sanders’ wing transforming policies like “Medicare for All” into a basic litmus test for party politicians with national ambitions. But it has not left foreign policy totally unscathed….

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America Needs an Entirely New Foreign Policy for the Trump Age

By Peter Beinart/ The Atlantic
Amid all the talk about the Democratic Party’s move to the left, a contrary phenomenon has gone comparatively unnoticed: On foreign policy, Washington Democrats keep attacking Donald Trump from the right. They’re not criticizing him merely for his lackluster response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections. They’re criticizing him for..

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The Makings of a Progressive Foreign Policy

Friday, March 1, 2019–9:00AM-10:30AM
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
FeaturingAziz Rana, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School; and Steve Fraser, Editor-at-Large, New Labor Forum What are the challenges in developing and implementing a progressive foreign policy alternative? What can we expect from the emerging progressive wing of Congressional Democrats?…

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