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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems

The upcoming US presidential election will take place in the context of a raging pandemic and unprecedented domestic polarization in which allegations of voter fraud, voter suppression, and foreign interference are rife. If the results are contested and the US falls into a sustained political paralysis, what are the likely ramifications for world order? What would a major crisis of American democracy mean for liberal democracy, the rules-based international order, and resurgent authoritarianism? 

Following its traditional 'nightmare' model, the Centre for Geopolitics will draw on expertise from history, politics, journalism, and diplomacy to explore the possible geopolitical consequences of a contested US election.  


ChairBridget Kendall, Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge; former Diplomatic correspondent for the BBC

Andrew Preston, Professor of American History at Cambridge University

Lawrence Douglas, Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College; author of 'Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Electoral Meltdown in 2020'

Baroness Arminka Helić, Life member of the House of Lords and noted foreign policy expert. Sits on the UK International Relations and Defence Committee; Senior Special Adviser to the Foreign Secretary 2010-2014

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Thursday, 8 October, 2020 - 18:00 to 19:00
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