US foreign policy in the 2020 presidential race, and where to after Trump?

As rising powers, non-state actors and new technologies create uncertainty and increased competition in international affairs, America is heading towards a pivotal presidential election. President Donald Trump leads an administration that many see as questioning orthodoxies including America’s approach to alliances and diplomacy, at the same time as it pursues intensified competition with China, and renews its focus on the Indo-Pacific.

In this public lecture, former Hillary Clinton foreign policy adviser Ms Laura Rosenberger considers the role that foreign policy and national security is likely to play in the upcoming 2020 presidential race, examine key issues likely to inform aspiring candidates’ platforms, and emerging trend-lines that will shape US foreign policy into the next decade.

Laura Rosenberger is a Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitor, hosted by the National Security College, the Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy in Washington, D.C—a bipartisan transatlantic national security advocacy group—and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund. Recently, she served as foreign policy and national security policy advisor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Prior to that, Ms Rosenberger served in a range of senior roles in the U.S. Government, including National Security Council director for China and Korea, manager of US-China relations at the State Department, senior adviser to former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, and special assistant to senior US diplomat Bill Burns.

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