Bruno Maçães, author, commentator and former politician, introduce his new book, History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America, in conversation with Festival of Ideas director, Andrew Kelly.
Popular consensus says that the US rose over two centuries to Cold War victory and world domination, and is now in slow decline. But is this right? History’s great civilisations have always maintained their supremacy for a much longer period of time, and for all its colossal power, the US was overshadowed by Europe until recently. What if this isn’t the end but only the beginning?
Bruno Maçães is one of the world’s leading commentators with recent books covering the rise of Eurasia and the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. His new book, History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America, offers a compelling and unnerving vision of America’s future.
Maçães takes us from the early American Republic to the turbulent present, when, he argues, the US is finally forging its own path. We can see the birth pangs of this new civilisation in today’s debates on guns, religion, foreign policy and the significance of Trump. What will this new America look like and what will its values be? And what will this mean for the rest of the west and the world?
Bruno Maçães is a non-resident senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a senior advisor at Flint Global and a senior fellow at Renmin University of China. Formerly Portugal’s Europe minister (2013–15), he has been a regular commentator for CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera, and has written for the Financial Times, The Guardian and Foreign Affairs. He is the author of Belt and Road, and The Dawn of Eurasia. He lives in Istanbul.
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