The 2016 Election: Implications for U. S. Foreign Policy
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
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.
- Steve Clemons: “The Biden Doctrine“,
- Drs. Schuyler Foerster and Ray Raymond: “Balanced Internationalism: Five Core Principles to Guide U.S. National Security Policy“
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.