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Sep , 22, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm



The 2016 Election:  Implications for U. S. Foreign Policy

The Issues

Every four years, as the United States chooses a president, much of the world trembles—either out of hope or of fear—in the expectation that a new president will change the direction of American foreign policy.  This year, the two major presidential candidates hold vastly different views about the U.S.’ global role.

This year, the world is in an unusually unstable condition.  Hence, the next president will be confronted with a wide range of critical questions.  Just for starters:

  • How will the U.S. approach terrorism, fed by violent forces with apocalyptic visions that fill political vacuums across the Middle East and North Africa?
  • Will the U.S. continue to support Afghanistan and Iraq in their fights against the Taliban and the Islamic State?
  • How will the new president deal with a resurgent Russia and an assertive China, with so much at stake in both Europe and Asia? Is there a diplomatic solution to the conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea, for instance, or is it likely that China and the United States will experience a further deterioration in their relations because of differing national security interests?
  • Will the U.S. continue to support its far-flung alliances in Europe and in Northeast Asia in the face of growing nationalist voices in those countries?
  • What approach will the new president take on pressing global issues such as climate change, trade, or nuclear proliferation?

Keynote Speaker:  Steve Clemons


Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live.  He is also well-known for his blog, WashingtonNote.com.  He is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president.  He served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, Senior Advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and was the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center.  He writes and speaks frequently about politics, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.  He will discuss the major foreign policy challenges facing the next president.


8:00                           Registration & Breakfast, Armstrong Great Hall

8:30                           Welcome messages, Introductions.

8:45-9:45                 Keynote Address:  Steve Clemons

10:15-11:15             Panel Discussion

11:30-12:30            Lunch in Rastall Dining Room

12:30-1:30               Roundtable Discussions

1:30 -2:00                Plenary Session: Reports on the roundtable discussions.

 Resource Materials

How to Enroll

The CSWAC invites Pikes Peak area high schools to send names of selected students and sponsoring faculty to Nancye Thayer, registrar, at ThayerKH@comcast.net.  Home-schooled students should contact the registrar directly.  Registration for the Symposium closes September 11. 

There is no cost to schools, teachers, or student participants thanks to the generosity of the CSWAC.  We urge schools and teachers to be selective in bringing students.  We reserve the right to limit enrollment to 50 students per school and a total of 400.

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council has limited funds to help defray the cost of substitute teachers, transportation, or interpreters for schools wishing to participate but with insufficient resources.  For such assistance, please call or write Robert Lee, (719) 389-6590, rlee@ColoradoCollege.edu.



Karen Burghart, Executive Director, Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, (719) 460-9444

Nancye Thayer, ThayerKH@comcast.net, (719) 577-9655, Registrar

Robert Lee, Professor of Political Science, Colorado College, (719) 389-6590

Frances Pilch, Prof. Emeritus, United States Air Force Academy, (719) 373-0456


The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council thanks its members and donors for making this symposium possible.  The Council is also grateful to Colorado College for its in-kind support and to volunteers for their help with organization and roundtable discussions.

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