Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80, a former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department and a former dean of the Wilson School, said the current shutdown of the federal government has made the U.S. government look irresponsible in the eyes of the international community in an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday.
“Just imagine if what we’re seeing today in Capitol Hill were happening in any other part of the world, then imagine American headlines, right? The president cannot even reach a deal to continue to fund the government, the Congress won’t speak to each other, the government is collapsing,” Slaughter said. “We look incredibly irresponsible.”
Slaughter said the present perception of the U.S. by the international community was “mixed.”
“On the diplomatic front, we’re very strong,” she said, citing the nation’s recent success in brokering a deal with Syria regarding chemical weapons, its active work with Iran and its active negotiations with Israel and Palestine. “On the other hand, we threatened military force and then we couldn’t deliver with our Congress, and we’ve been pulling back in lots of places, so I think there’s a perception that we’re weakening.”