Event: ‘What Will Trump Do Next? Lessons from Bush and Obama on how Presidents learn and change in office’


25f1e88e-9ad4-4387-a0b9-227fcb7f8b80TIME:  13:00 – 14:00, 24th May 2017

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

Professor William Inboden
Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair at the William P. Clements, Jr.
Centre for National Security (University of Texas)

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American presidents often change their foreign policies while in office, sometimes in dramatic ways.  These changes are caused by several factors, including Presidential learning on the job, shifts in the geopolitical environment, drawing lessons from failed policies, new cabinet officials and staff, and changes in domestic politics. At this event you will learn what policy decisions Trump could make next by studying the actions of those who came before him.

The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with distinguished scholar, Professor William Inboden, who will give us his thoughts on the direction of the Trump Presidency and how his decision-making process will have been affected by his time in office. Inboden will look at how other Presidents reacted to the pressures of Office and international events to shed light on what Trump could possibly do next with his foreign policy. In the two-term Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both of them went through four distinct phases in their respective national security policies, as each adapted to changing international challenges and opportunities.  While no one can predict exactly how President Trump will handle the next four years, insights from his most recent two predecessors will illustrate how and why American Presidents evolve their foreign policies during their time in office.

William Inboden is Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair at the William P. Clements, Jr. Centre for National Security at the University of Texas.  He also serves as Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Centre for International Security and Law.  Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House, where he worked on a range of foreign policy issues including the National Security Strategy, democracy and governance, and counter-radicalization. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine. His commentary has appeared in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and the BBC. Inboden is the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment as well as numerous articles and book chapters on security studies, American foreign policy, and American history.


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