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Together with the Brookings Institution, AEI hosted E. J. Dionne Jr., Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann on Monday to discuss their new book, “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported” (St. Martin’s Press, 2017).

Introducing the first part of the book, the authors described the political, social, and economic factors they believe led to Donald Trump’s election. Reviewing Trump’s presidency thus far, they argued that his disregard for political norms is the culmination of decades of decline in norms essential to American democracy. They said they believe that our system of checks and balances has been working, but that it is still endangered in his presidency.

Looking forward, they proposed strategies for overcoming divisiveness and dysfunction and addressing the needs of the American people — solutions they described as a new economy, a new patriotism, a new civil society, and a new democracy.

— Eleanor O’Neil

Event Description

Donald Trump’s presidency has raised doubts about his lack of commitment to the institutions of self-government and to the norms democracy requires. In their new book, “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported” (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), E. J. Dionne Jr., Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann analyze the current state of political divisiveness and propose a unifying alternative.

Join AEI and the Brookings Institution for the launch of “One Nation After Trump.”

 Join the conversation on social media with #AfterTrump.

 If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


1:30 PM

2:00 PM
Strobe Talbott, Brookings Institution

2:05 PM
Panel discussion

E. J. Dionne Jr., Brookings Institution
Thomas E. Mann, Brookings Institution; University of California, Berkeley
Norman J. Ornstein, AEI

Karlyn Bowman, AEI

3:25 PM

3:45 PM
Adjournment and book signing

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Eleanor O’Neil at [email protected], 202.862.5899.

Media Contact Information

For media inquiries or to register a camera crew, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829

Karlyn Bowman, a senior fellow at AEI, compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women’s attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for

E. J. Dionne Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, and a professor at Georgetown University. He is also a William H. Bloomberg Visiting Professor at Harvard University for the 2017–18 academic year. He is a frequent commentator on politics for NPR, MSNBC, and ABC News’ “This Week.” Before joining The Washington Post in 1990 as a political reporter, Dr. Dionne spent 14 years at The New York Times, where he covered politics and reported from Albany, Washington, Paris, Rome, and Beirut. He is the author of seven books and has edited or coedited six other volumes. His books include “Why Americans Hate Politics” (Simon & Schuster, 1991), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee; “Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right” (Princeton University Press, 2008); “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent”(Bloomsbury USA, 2012); and the New York Times bestseller “Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism—From Goldwater to Trump and Beyond” (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Dr. Dionne attended Harvard College and was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford.

Thomas E. Mann is a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and a resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He held the W. Averell Harriman Chair at Brookings between 1991 and 2014 and was director of governmental studies between 1987 and 1999. Before that, Dr. Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association. He has taught at Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, and American University; conducted polls for congressional candidates; worked as a consultant to IBM and PBS; chaired the Board of Overseers of the National Election Studies; and served as an expert witness in the constitutional defense of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Dr. Mann’s published works include multiple editions of “Vital Statistics on Congress” with Norman Ornstein and others (AEI and Brookings); “The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track” with Dr. Ornstein (Oxford University Press, 2006); and the New York Times bestseller “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism,” also with Dr. Ornstein (Basic Books, 2012).

Norman J. Ornstein, a resident scholar at AEI, is a longtime observer and analyst of American politics and Congress. He is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic and is an election eve analyst for BBC News. He currently serves as chairman of the Campaign Legal Center. He participates in AEI’s Election Watch Series and served as codirector of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Dr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the McCain-Feingold law, which reformed the campaign financing system. He played a major role in Senate committee reform, in the creation of the Congressional Office of Compliance, and in the creation of the House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. He was named one of 100 top global thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine in 2012. His many books include the New York Times bestseller “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism” with Thomas Mann (Basic Books, 2012), which was named Book of the Year by Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog, one of the 10 best books on politics in 2012 by The New Yorker, and one of the best books of 2012 by The Washington Post. The book’s revised edition, “It’s Even Worse Than It Was,” was published in April 2016.

Strobe Talbott is the president of the Brookings Institution. His immediate previous post was founding director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. Before that, he served in the State Department from 1993 to 2001, first as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union, then as deputy secretary of state for seven years. Mr. Talbott entered government service after 21 years with Time magazine. As a reporter, he covered Eastern Europe, the State Department, and the White House, then was Washington bureau chief, editor-at-large, and foreign affairs columnist. He was twice awarded the Edward Weintal Prize for distinguished diplomatic reporting. He has also written for numerous other publications and is the author of 12 books, including “Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming,” which he coauthored with William Antholis (Brookings, 2010). In December 2011, Mr. Talbott was named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as chair of the US State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, a post he held through Secretary Kerry’s tenure. He is also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Diplomacy, chairman of the Board of the American Ditchley Foundation, and a governor of the Conference of Mont

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