“What we are seeing is a fundamental shift in the Republican party and essentially a split between some of these moderate and more extreme voices, and ultimately in terms of how that effects the rest of the world, these more extreme voices tend to be much more isolationist. You have a lot of Republicans who are sort of of the George W. Bush wing of the party, a little bit neo-liberal, looking at ways to spread US influence globally, whereas with the more right wing types like Marjorie Taylor Greene types or Matt Gates, they are very much ‘America First’ and they want to see US tax dollars spent only in the United States, they don’t value relationships with our traditional allies, that sort of thing, so there is that growing divide and that will definitely have an impact.”
Today my guest is journalist Cristina Maza. Cristina has reported from countries such as Cambodia, India, Serbia and Turkey. Currently based in Washington DC, Cristina writes frequently about foreign policy, international affairs, national security and politics. I’ve always had a deep interest in the unique sphere of US politics and was delighted to have Cristina on to chat, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us.
We started our conversation about how bizarre current politics has become in the United States of America (01:30), before moving on to the rise of far-right elements in the Republican Party (04.47). Next up we discussed the polar set of the two-party system and how extreme elements can affect the global world order (08:37). Then we talked about the agenda of the US involvement in supplying aid to Ukraine (13:00), and how Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is perceived in the US. My next questions were about the two-party set up in the US (17:51), the current status of the American Green Party (20:52), and how politicians in the US deal with left-wing politics (24:00). Towards the end of our conversation I asked Cristina about the future of women in US politics, who look like potential leaders (32:40), and about who may emerge in the Democratic Party to challenge President Biden in the next presidential election in two years’ time (40:40). We finished up our chat with me asking Cristina what she is reading and watching at the moment (41:45).
- Cristina’s website
- Cristina on Al Jazeera
- Cristina on Twitter
- For more, hear my conversation with Tina Lee, Prof. Pat O’Connor and Suswati Basu.