The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election and U.S. Foreign Policy

As the U.S. presidential election campaign moves into full bore, what role will foreign policy play in the national debate and the presidential election? Does foreign policy matter to voters? How does the election affect the conduct of foreign policy? 

Here to shed light on the presidential election and U.S. foreign policy are three prominent commentators, with moderator Coit Blacker.

Michael H. Armacost is the Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow at FSI’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, a position he has held since 2002. He is the former president of the Brookings Institution, the nation's oldest think tank. During a 24-year government career, he served, among other positions, as under secretary of state for political affairs and U.S. ambassador to Japan and the Philippines. 

David W. Brady is deputy director and Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Bowen and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values in Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and a professor of political science in the School of Humanities and Sciences. He is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He is a specialist on U.S. national elections. 

David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus at Stanford and Faculty Co-Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Most famously, Professor Kennedy won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for History for his monumental book  Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War,1929-1945 (1999). The book also won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Ambassador's Prize, and the California Gold Medal for Literature.

Moderator: Coit D. Blacker is the director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. During the first Clinton administration he served as special assistant to the president for National Security Affairs and senior director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012. 4:30 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.50 hour(s).
Bechtel Conference Center Encina Hall 616 Serra Street (Map)
General Public
Lecture / Reading
Public Service
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
(650) 723-8490

Admission is free and open to the public.