I write after coming back from the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, where I took part in the International Leaders Forum organised by Madeleine Albright’s National Democratic Institute. I had many useful meetings – including with Albright herself, who’s a never-ending source of inspiration, and with Wendy Sherman and Clinton’s foreign policy team.
It was also an opportunity to get the gist of this electoral campaign, which will matter so much also to America’s role in the world under the new administration. In these eight years Obama has managed to build strong alliances and deep friendships, especially with Europe. We have achieved a lot together – as many speakers at the Convention have reminded over the last few days – starting with the nuclear deal with Iran, and the Paris deal on climate. In a difficult moment in the history of the world, with a growing number of conflicts and wars, it is more important than ever that we work together, building strong and true partnerships based on dialogue, respect, and teamwork.
This is what the two sides of the Atlantic need, and this is what our societies need – not the supposedly almighty loneliness of “strongmen,” which has always proven to be impotent if not harmful. We need strong democracies where responsibilities are shared, towards collective solutions. “We will fix it together:” such message is true for Hillary and for America, for their internal and international policies, but also for the world and for us all.