New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter on balancing China competition and global imperatives


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This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Anne-Marie Slaughter, a leading American public intellectual who serves as president of New America and was Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department during the first Obama administration. Anne-Marie talks about how collaboration on issues of global concern — pandemics, global warming, and more — requires the U.S. to deprioritize some aspects of its competition with China.

1:59 – Contradictions of the Biden doctrine

5:18 – Reconciling Biden’s China policy and the possibility of climate cooperation

13:43 – Deemphasizing national security on the American foreign policy agenda

20:23 – Potential for “positive competition”

21:50 – The concept of networked governance

36:04 – The dynamics of groupthink in US decision-making

43:05 – Hope for the younger generation’s prospective policy shift

47:38 –  Does race factor into our hostility towards China?

50:19 –  Potential for an affirmative vision on Biden’s China policy

54:52 –  How revisionist are China’s ambitions?

59:49 –  American tolerance for a diminished global role

A transcript of this interview is available at


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