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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems

On 11 and 12 July, CRASSH, POLIS and the Forum on Geopolitics hosted a major international conference focusing on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the implications that this will have for future U.S. foreign policy.

The conference took place shortly before the Democratic and Republican Party nominating conventions, and right at the height of a protracted period of post-Brexit uncertainty in British politics. Sessions focused on the global challenges facing the next president, the role that a president can personally play in an international context, and the state of the 2016 campaign itself.

The Forum on Geopolitics chaired a panel on 'Europe and the United States: priorities for cooperative action'.

The discussion was greatly enriched by the central participation of Secretary Madeleine Albright and Congressman Vin Weber in each of the panels across the two days, along with that of a number of key U.S. allies and trading partners.

Speakers included:

  • Madeleine Albright (former U.S. Secretary of State)
  • Vin Weber (Republican Party strategist and former Congressman)
  • Ambassador Peter Ammon (German Ambassador to the United Kingdom)
  • Sir Richard Dearlove (former head of MI6)
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind (former Defence and Foreign Secretary)
  • Baroness Julie Smith (House of Lords)
  • Prof. Stef Halper (Cambridge)
  • Dr. Nigel Bowles (Oxford)
  • Peter Hill (FCO Director for Strategy)
  • Prof. John Bew (King's College London)
  • Prof. Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)
  • Prof. David Runciman (Cambridge)
  • James Rublin (Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State)

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