US foreign policy under the new President

Oct 26, 2016

Professor Walter Russell Mead,

Editor-at-large for The American Interest, and one of America’s leading strategic thinkers


With comments by

Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG,

Former UK Ambassador to Washington, D.C.


Time & Date

Thursday 10th November

18:00 – Registration
18:30 – Start
19:30 – End


6th Floor
8-10 Great George Street

The victor in the November 8th election will inherit the leadership of a free world in turmoil. At no other time in recent memory has a new American president come into office to face such a broad set of complex, inter-related challenges in foreign policy. There are immediate crises and threats to handle – Syria and ISIL, Russian moves in Europe, burden-sharing in NATO and pressures on the Euro-Atlantic relationship, and provocations in the South China Sea, to name only a few. But there are also long-range, grand strategic questions still awaiting clear answers – such as the response to China’s rise and the future of the “Pivot”, North Korea, Iran, or, more broadly, America’s vision for its own role and contribution to world order. The direction taken by the next President will not only shape America’s future but that of the world more broadly.

To provide an early analysis and forecast of future US foreign policy, Policy Exchange is delighted to welcome one of America’s foremost and clear-eyed experts on grand strategy, Professor Walter Russell Mead. Professor Mead is a Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute, the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and editor-at-large of The American Interest. He is the author of several books: Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (2001, winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize and nominated for the 2002 Arthur Ross Book Award); Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America’s Grand Strategy in a World at Risk (2004); and God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008). He is a contributing editor to and writer on international affairs for the Los Angeles Times; he also writes articles, book reviews, and op-ed pieces for Harper’sNew York TimesWall Street JournalThe New YorkerThe Atlantic, and other magazines and newspapers.

Providing a British perspective will be Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG, currently a Visiting Professor at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies and former Ambassador to Washington between October 2007 and January 2012. During his distinguished career in the British diplomatic and national security establishment, Sir Nigel also served as Head of the Cabinet Office Defence and Overseas Secretariat, Foreign Policy and Defence Adviser to the Prime Minister, and Ambassador to the EU.

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