Debating The Trump Doctrine

Debating The Trump Doctrine

 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute (map)
Featuring Emma Ashford, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Barry Posen, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Peter Rough, Fellow, Hudson Institute; Trevor Thrall, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Karen DeYoung, Associate Editor and Senior National Security Correspondent, Washington Post.

Donald Trump’s inconsistency on foreign policy as a candidate has left experts confounded about what to expect over the next four years. Nevertheless, as he takes office, Trump will inherit a number of serious foreign policy challenges from his predecessor. How the Trump administration handles five key decisions, in particular, will shape the course of foreign policy over the next four years.

Will President Trump

  • decide to intervene more aggressively in Syria?

  • choose confrontation or cooperation with Russia regarding Syria, NATO, Ukraine, and nuclear weapons?

  • take sides in the brewing Middle East cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran?

  • expand the U.S. military presence in the Middle East and North Africa to combat terrorism?

  • double down on the pivot to Asia or find a new way to deal with China’s rise?

With Barack Obama gone and Donald Trump in the White House, should we expect a more activist and hawkish U.S. foreign policy in 2017? Or is the new president more likely to follow his “America First” campaign rhetoric and focus more on domestic concerns? Join us as we discuss these and other questions.

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