“Maybe We’ll See a Realignment”

A Conversation with Former Senator Barbara Boxer


Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA, 1993-2017), Senate predecessor of now Vice President Kamala Harris and  Co-Chair of the political advisory firm Mercury, spoke with Marie-Astrid Langer, U.S. Correspondent, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), about the high levels of polarization in the U.S., the future of the Republican Party, and the state of the transatlantic partnership.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a national reckoning for racial justice and the fallout from the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol in early January, tension and political polarization in the United States grew. While running for president, Joe Biden pledged to work towards healing a deeply divided nation. However, the question remains how the new president will deliver on his promise in today’s highly polarized political climate.

Bryan Lanza and Morris Reed, partners at Mercury and colleagues of Senator Boxer also participated in the debate. David Deißner, Atlantik-Brücke’s Executive Director, moderated the discussion.

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