Trump versus Clinton: How American foreign policy will change

A discussion on how the outcome of the US election may shape future US foreign policy.


Thomas Wright, Director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution

Chaired by

Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

Whatever the result of the 2016 US presidential election, the international order and transatlantic relations will be considerably affected. As argued in Jeremy Shapiro’s latest ECFR policy  memo, a Donald Trump win would launch a revolutionary presidency, including a possible rapprochement to President Putin, while Hillary Clinton’s poor relations with Moscow could threaten transatlantic unity. How will the outcome of the most consequential US election since WWII affect dossiers such as Ukraine and Syria? Is America’s status as a liberal superpower on the ballot or is the country’s influence on the world bound to decline anyway?

Thomas Wright (@thomaswright08) is the director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, as well as a fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Kadri Liik (@KadriLiik) is a senior policy fellow at ECFR. Before joining ECFR, Kadri was the director of the International Centre for Defence Studies in Estonia, where she also worked as a senior researcher and director of the Centre’s Lennart Meri Conference.