Transition in the USA: what just happened and what’s next?

On the 20th January, Joe Biden became President of the United States of America, ending four years of the Presidency of Donald Trump.

What does this transition mean for the USA and the rest of the world? What happened over the last four years, and why - and what does it mean for the future of the West? 

Patrick Davies OBE, the former British Deputy Ambassador to the US, came to the Intellectual Forum to discuss this and more.

Patrick is a highly experienced diplomat, with 25 years’ experience in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. As Deputy Ambassador to the US, he worked closely with the Obama and Trump White Houses. 

His first book - The Great American Delusion - talks about how America, blinded by myths of its own exceptionalism, has failed to tackle serious political, social and economic problems which are exacerbating divisions in its society, poisoning its politics and ultimately fuelling America’s decline.

A recording of the event is available to watch.