Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

US Foreign Policy and the 2016 Election: Does it matter?

Professor Robert Singh, Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London

1 October 2016

 
Rob Singh

Rob Singh presents to the cluster

 

Abstract

US presidential elections have mostly been decided on the basis of domestic, and especially economic, issues. In part, this is due to relatively modest differences between the candidates on international affairs. But 2016 offers sharper contrasts between the Democratic and Republican Party nominees than we have witnessed since at least 1980. How influential is foreign policy likely to be in the 2016 election? And what differences can we anticipate from a Clinton or Trump administration?

About the speaker

Robert Singh is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London. He has written extensively on US politics and foreign policy. His most recent books are Barack Obama's Post-American Foreign Policy: The Limits of Engagement (Bloomsbury, 2012) and After Obama: Renewing American Leadership, Restoring Global Order (Cambridge University Press, 2016)