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The Big Debate: The Wild West... Boom or Bust?

5 December 2016 - 6:17pm -- miranda
Upcoming EventsSaturday, March 4

The Big Debate: The Wild West... Boom or Bust?

Kings Place, Hall 1

2017-03-04 20:00:00


This event is not included in the Kings Place multi-buy ticket offer

Michael Goldfarb
Daniel Johnson
Jonathan Shanin
Ann Treneman
Peter Trubowitz
Chair: Mark Lawson

This event took place on Saturday, 4 March 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

The arrival of President Trump and the threat of Europe's so-called alt-right are already having far-reaching implications around the world. Our panel of experts assess whether Trump's America will be a gun-slinging new version of The Wild West - a 'boom or bust' era - and analyse the likely consequences of US foreign policy for the rest of us. Join us as we reflect on the West's future.

Writer and broadcaster Mark Lawson leads the debate with journalist and author Michael Goldfarb, editor of Standpoint Daniel Johnson, journalist Jonathan SheninTimes columnist and critic Ann Treneman and director of the US Centre at LSE Peter Trubowitz.

In association with Standpoint Magazine.


Michael Goldfarb is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He has written for the GuardianThe New York Times and The Washington Post, and throughout the 1990s was NPR’s London Correspondent and then Bureau Chief, covering conflicts and conflict resolution from Northern Ireland to Bosnia to Iraq. His most recent book is Emancipation: How Liberating Europe’s Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance.

Daniel Johnson is founding editor of Standpoint magazine, which he launched in 2008. He made his name as a journalist covering the fall of the Berlin Wall, as German correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. He has been leader writer for both The Times and The Telegraph, as well as literary editor and associate editor for The Times.


Ann Treneman is an American journalist, author and chief theatre critic of The Times, having been the parliamentary sketchwriter for the previous 12 years. She appears regularly at literary festivals and other events, and has also written occasional pieces for magazines such as Vogue.

Jonathan Shainin is the founding editor of the Guardian’s ‘Long Read’ section. He was previously news editor at The New Yorker, and has also worked at the New York Review of Books and The Caravan, India’s first narrative journalism magazine. His essays and criticism have appeared in BookforumThe Paris Review and The Nation

Professor Peter Trubowitz is Department Head of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs. His publications include Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft (Princeton University Press, 2011) and Defining the National Interest: Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy (University of Chicago Press, 1998), as well as articles in scholarly journals such as International Security, International Studies Quarterly, and Political Science Quarterly and more popular venues like Foreign Affairs, International Herald Tribune, and The National Interest.


Mark Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. Specialising in culture and the arts, he is best known for presenting the flagship BBC Radio 4 arts programme, Front Row, between 1998 and 2014. A Guardian columnist, he now presents Mark Lawson Talks To... on BBC Four and The Allegations is his acclaimed new novel.